The fast asteroid is not expected to approach Earth by April, but if it does, it will be an incredibly close shave. The Asteroid, baptized by NASA Asteroid 2016 GE1, will fly past our home planet on Thursday, April 4th. NASA's asteroid trackers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, predict that GE1 will appear near Earth at 6.26 am BST (5.26 pm UTC). The US Space Agency said asteroid GE1 will fly over our homeworld on a so-called "Earth Close Approach" railroad.
Asteroid GE1 is an Apollo-type asteroid discovered April 2, 2016.
The space rock was found three years ago when it entered the earth's orbit, earning it the title of a "near-Earth object" or NEO.
NASA stated, "When they circle the sun, near-Earth objects can occasionally approach the earth."
"Note that a" narrow "passage can be very far from a human perspective: millions or even dozens of
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In the past, the asteroid visited the corner of the world three times between February 201
April 2016, the asteroid also flew incredibly close to the moon 19659003] Next week, the asteroid is likely to shoot the Earth for the last time in foresight, but the future will do so from close range.
April 4, reach a minimum distance of 0.00285 astronomical units (AU) from Earth.
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An astronomical unit measures approximately 149 million kilometers, which is the average distance from Earth to the Sun.
NASA expects asteroid GE1 to be drastically lower this week to 426,353 kilometers.
The JPL said that this is about 1.11 times the distance from Earth to the Moon.
But the approach does not mean that the asteroid will hit us anytime soon, and there's a fair chance that the asteroid will actually pass four times farther than the moon.
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NASA said the nominal approach distance for The asteroid measures about 0.00998 AU (1.49 million kilometers)
NASA also said the asteroid was somewhere in the range of 13.6 m to 28 m (42.6 ft) to 91.8 ft (1.28 m).
At the top end of it The asteroid is more than three times as long as a London double-decker bus.
After the space rock passed Earth next Thursday, NASA expects no further rapprochements from the asteroid in the near future.