In recent news, it has been announced that a potentially hazardous asteroid will be passing close to Earth on Valentine’s Day. Known as 2024 BR4, this asteroid was discovered this year and is estimated to be between 100 and 300 meters in size. While there is still much uncertainty regarding its composition and potential effects on the planet if it were to collide with Earth, experts believe that it is unlikely to cause widespread destruction.
Despite its potential dangers, the asteroid is not expected to come close to our planet for a long time. Its closest approach on Valentine’s Day will be 4.6 million kilometers away, which is about 12 times the average distance of the Moon. However, this flyby will be the closest the asteroid gets to our planet in the next 120 years, providing further assurance that we are safe from this potentially dangerous object for the foreseeable future.
The fact that the asteroid went undetected when it passed Earth at 14 lunar distances in 2011 highlights the significant progress that has been made in asteroid surveys in recent years. Despite its potential hazards, the detection of the asteroid has actually demonstrated how far surveys have come in identifying potentially dangerous objects and ensuring the safety of our planet.