While planet Earth is already an immensely scary place to be currently, it appears that something even scarier is currently flying towards the planet. The asteroid, named 2014 J025, will be nearing closer on April 19.
The massive asteroid, which is 1km-wide has caused astronomers to stated that it is ‘potentially hazardous’, but thankfully, the giant rock should be passing our planet safely. NASA has reported that on April 19, the asteroid will come closer to Earth than it has in 400 years. After that, we shouldn’t see it for another 480 years, which will be many lifetimes after our own, as well as a few generations after us.
On April 19, the asteroid should safely stay at 4.6 lunar distances, or 1.1 million miles away from Earth. It will be the closest encounter we have had with an asteroid in over ten years.
According to NASA,
“The 2017 flyby is the closest by an asteroid at least this large since the encounter by 4179 Toutatis at four lunar distances in September 2004. The next known flyby by an object with a comparable or larger diameter will occur when 800-m-diameter asteroid 1999 AN10 approaches within one lunar distance in August 2027.”
And while we won’t see this particular asteroid again for another 480 years, another asteroid named ‘1999 AN10’ is expected to approach us within one lunar distance in August 2027.
‘2014 J025’ was discovered in a Mt. Lemmon Survey in May 2014 and was designated as potentially hazardous by the Minor Planet Center. Despite its category, we shouldn’t expect any issues in its passing. In the meantime, others have spoken about ‘Asteroid Prepping’ planet Earth for the future. What do you think? Is asteroid prepping necessary?