Scientists have declared that Asteroid 2011 ES4 will be passing past our planet at 18,253mph the following month. In addition to this, the size of the asteroid is approximately 150ft and besides the fact that its measures are not something usual, the asteroid will get closer to the Earth than even the Moon.
Asteroid 2011 ES4 is part of NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Objects and the institution’s database. The association classifies Near-Earth Objects as celestial bodies that are attracted by the gravitational attraction of the Sun’s orbits. This phenomenon allows NEOs to pass extremely close by our planet.
Even though most of the comets are formed in the colder part of the outer space, the asteroids get born inside our solar system, located between the gas giant Jupiter and the red planet Mars. The CNEOS officials have revealed that the asteroid is scheduled to pass through the Earth’s orbit on the 1st of September at a distance of 238,855 miles away.
NASA has declared that this phenomenon is potentially hazardous due to its relative proximity to our planet. Fortunately, the International Space Agency does not consider the upcoming event as a threat, given its small size.
According to CNEOS, Asteroid 2011 ES4 is part of the Apollo colony, which is a type pf rock, whose normal orbit is around our planet and the Sun. Sometimes the asteroid’s orbit intersects with the one of the Earth during our planet’s revolution around the sun.
However, this phenomenon has not been seen since March 2011. NASA declared that the criteria that were taken into consideration to assess the potential danger that Asteroid 2011 ES4 are certain parameters, such as the orbit intersection distance and the absolute magnitude.
The last NEO that approached our planet was on the 11th and 12th of August.