Experts estimate the asteroid, dubbed 2004 BO41 (named after its discovery year) – will perform what NASA cries as “near Earth pass” today, DailyStar.co.uk
Though it will still be coarsely 7.3 million miles away, its considered to be close enough considering its size proportion the very huge solar system.
While this gigantic space rock won’t thankfully make landfall, the US space agency announced that it has also discovered a smaller asteroid, named QL44, that is unfortunately on a uncertain flight path that creates enough worries.
NASA calculates that the 61-metre asteroid will graze past Earth moving at 31,000 mph this September 17.
Working together with other space agencies, NASA has kept a very close eye on its activities due to its “highly uncertain orbit”.
Scientists say that even a small meteor like that would still have the impact of several nuclear weapons if it were to smash into London.
Here's what would likely happen if the 1-mile wide asteroid crossed path's with the planet Earth.
Back in 1908, a comparable sized asteroid blasted above Siberia. Today this is known as the Tunguska Event. It flattened way more than 80 million trees and then sent a huge shockwave across Russia which measured 5 on the Richter.
Also in 2013, a 19-metre meteor exploded above Chelyabinsk in Russia, destroying buildings and injuring a thousand people.
Due to the incidents above, all asteroids are now being measured against The Tunguska Event. This is in terms of forecasting the disastrous effects they would have if they impact the earth.
QL44 has been tagged as a ‘9’ of NASA’s scale, meaning scientists know little about its actual path. It was observed by the Spacewatch Lunar and Planetary Laboratory located at the University of Arizona just a day ago.
Near-Earth asteroids are now being learned at a very alarming rate by people studying our skies. What makes it more worrying is that we only seeing 10%.