Asteroid 2011 ES4 to make 'close' technique on September 1

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The estimated distance of the asteroid is 1.2 lakh km.

The asteroid named "2020 QG" was reportedly three to six meters long moving at almost eight miles per second, the scientists had said.

At its closest approach, the asteroid will be 1.2 lakh km away, meaning that the asteroid will be closer to Earth than the Moon, which is 3.84 lakh km away from our home planet. A NEO is an astronomical object that flies at 1.3 astronomical units (AU), which is the average distance between the Sun and the Earth.

The likes of NASA have been monitoring the asteroid since it was first discovered in 2011, and today will be its closest approach to date. The last time Asteroid 2011 ES4 came close to earth was in 2011 and was visible for four days.

A "potentially hazardous asteroid" is presently characterized dependent on parameters that measure the asteroid's capability to make compromising close ways to deal with the Earth, as indicated by NASA. At that time it passed 4,268,643 kilometers from the Earth. The likelihood of this space rock hitting the earth is 0.41%. "We didn't see it coming", Dr. Chodas told Business Insider.

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NASA is tracking a huge asteroid almost twice the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza which is hurtling towards Earth at 31,400mph.

But further observations revealed it was not an asteroid but in fact a man-made object: the Orbiting Geophysics Observatory 1 (OGO-1), which was launched in 1964.

As if a one-two combo of cosmic proportions wasn't sufficient, the very subsequent day, the 13-meter-diameter "2020 PG6" is because of fly previous harmlessly at a comparatively secure distance of two.2 million kilometers.

On September 6, another rock will flyby on September 8 while an asteroid will pass by the Earth daily from September 12 to September 14. NASA expects ten more asteroid flybys in October.

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