National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has observed an asteroid that will zoom pass by the Earth. The more consternating thing is that it will pass at a distance closer to the moon. This is expected to occur by September.
NASA has highlighted this on the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS)’s ‘Close Approaches’.There are over 20,000 known near-Earth Asteroids. As explained by CNEOS, near-Earth Objects are mainly comets and asteroids that are pored by the gravitational attraction of surrounding planets into the sun’s orbits. This makes them fly near the Earth. Usually, comets are formed in a cold outer planetary system, while the majority of the asteroids are formed inside the solar system between Mars and Jupiter’s orbits.
According to the database, The 2011 ES4 will pass by the earth on September 1, 2020, at 10:49 A.M. Eastern Time. The asteroid is going to fly by at about 44,618 miles. The distance between the moon and earth is approximately 238,855 miles.
Further, the CNEOS has put The 2011 ES4 in the Apollo asteroid category. These types of asteroids have a wide orbit around the Earth and the sun. The asteroid’s intersection with Earth’s orbit happens often as it completes revolving around the sun.
The space agency has called The 2011 ES4 as ‘potentially hazardous’ but has not found any threat due to its small diameter.