Two asteroids blasted closer to Earth this week, and move closer to the planet than the moon – and more close encounters are expected during the rest of the year.
The first asteroid called 2020 RD4 was three to seven meters wide.
It passed 94,000 kilometers (58,500 mi) after September 14.
This is roughly a third of the distance between the Earth and the Moon, which is 384,400 km between them.
A second asteroid, called 2020 RF3, passed just a few hours later.
It was between five and 11 meters wide, and it was called by the planet at a distance of nearly 106,000 kilometers (65,700 miles).
Space debris was recorded by NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (NEO), which tracks and predicts asteroids.
None of the bodies came close to the record for the closest asteroid to pass by Earth, which it was The 2020 QG asteroid broke it in August, Which came in just 1,830 miles over the southern Indian Ocean, but it indicates how many things come across the planet safely every day.
Within the next two months, many more objects are expected to pass by the planet, although only one object will approach our planet.
From now until the end of the year, only one asteroid – RZ6 – will get closer to Earth than our moon.
It will pass on September 17th, but its astonishing 27 meters wide between its farthest points.
However, this is still relatively small; An asteroid called PM7, which is expected to pass by the end of the month, is 200 meters wide.
NASA says the chance of an asteroid colliding with Earth is only 0.41%.
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