Huge asteroids, defined as those with a diameter of at least 1 kilometer, approach Earth only a few times per million years on average. However, smaller asteroids with a diameter of at least 140 meters can approach Earth more frequently, with an estimated average of one every few decades.
It’s worth noting that NASA and other space agencies constantly monitor near-Earth asteroids and comets, and have systems in place to detect and track potentially hazardous objects that may pose a threat to Earth.
2023 FZ3 marks its closest approach to Earth on April 6
NASA has warned of a massive 150-foot asteroid named 2023 FZ3 that is approaching Earth at a speed of 67,656 kmph and will make its closest approach on April 6 at a distance of 4,190,000 km, according to NDTV.
Although the asteroid is the largest among the next upcoming asteroids, it is not considered a potential threat to Earth. NASA’s Asteroid Watch dashboard tracks asteroids and comets that will approach Earth, displaying the date of closest approach, approximate object diameter, relative size, and distance from Earth for each encounter.
Based on the available information, there seems to be no need for concern that the 2023 FZ3 asteroid will collide with Earth. The asteroid’s closest approach to Earth on April 6 will be at a distance of 4,190,000 kilometers, which is more than 11 times the distance between Earth and the Moon. Even though this asteroid is relatively large, measuring about 150 feet wide, it is not considered a potentially hazardous asteroid as it poses no immediate threat to our planet.
Additionally, NASA’s Asteroid Watch dashboard enables scientists to accurately predict and monitor potentially hazardous asteroids, reducing the likelihood of a catastrophic impact. Although the possibility of an asteroid collision with Earth cannot be completely ruled out, the likelihood of such an event is relatively low, and NASA continues to monitor potentially hazardous objects closely to ensure the safety of our planet.