An asteroid about the size of the Empire State Building in New York is predicted to fly near our home planet this weekend. The asteroid, named 2002 NN4, is expected to pass Earth on June 6, according to NASA’s asteroid watch widget. The asteroid watch widget provides easy access to information about the next five asteroids, which are predicted to pass by Earth.
Information about an incredible asteroid has now been made available on the widget. According to it, the asteroid, called 2002 NN4, is 1,100 feet in diameter, so about 335 meters. That is almost as big as the Empire State Building is tall, at about 1,400 feet, or 426 meters.
According to the widget, the asteroid is 300 feet shorter than the famed New York-located building, but some more information has been listed about 2002 NN4 on NASA’s Center for Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) website. This website monitors special objects that approach Earth significantly, and it estimates that the asteroid’s diameter is anywhere between 820 and 1870 feet, so between 250 and 570 meters. The closest that 2002 NN4 will ever get to Earth is 3,160,000 miles.
The widget showcases the next five asteroids, which are expected to come within 4.6 million miles of our planet, and it also provides size comparison pictures of on-earth objects. 2002 NN4 has been compared to the average size of a sports stadium, but another asteroid that is expected to pass by Earth simultaneously is about the size of a commercial airplane. The smaller asteroid will pass by at a distance of 890,000 miles from Earth. Well, we can only be happy that 2002 NN4 doesn’t come any closer than that!
Every week, over 30 Near Earth Objects are discovered, adding up to about 1,500 every year. According to NASA’s Planetary Defense website, half of these objects are larger than 460 feet, or 140 meters, in size.