A humongous space junk is about to fly past Earth, and while NASA says there’s no need to get our pants in a knot on this, you can bet there will be a massive frenzy over the event in certain circles and they are running around with the end of the world theories.
NASA predict that an asteroid known as 2014 JO25 will go pass our planet on April 19th from a sufficient distance, about 1.1 million miles (1.8 million km) away from us. The most remarkable thing about the asteroid is its mammoth size, which according to NASA measures about 2,000 feet (650 meters) in length, yes this is huge in space rock measures!
“Although there is no possibility for the asteroid to collide with our planet, this will be a very close approach for an asteroid of this size,” NASA said in a statement.
Nasa also said that while the event of small asteroids flying by Earth all the time, and sometimes even into it, are not uncommon, the size of 2014 JO25 makes it a brilliant event.
“This upcoming close approach is the closest by any known asteroid of this size, or larger, since asteroid Toutatis, a 3.1-mile (five-kilometer) asteroid, which approached within about four lunar distances in September 2004.”
The asteroid will be very reflective, not enough to be viewed with a naked eye, you can only see it with a powerful telescope. You can also watch it through The Virtual Telescope and the live streaming on Slooh as the asteroid approaches closer at 7 pm EDT.