NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has shared that five asteroids will make relatively close approaches to Earth between January 2 to 11.

NASA’s Asteroid Watch dashboard, that tracks celestial objects has shared that the asteroid passing by on January 2 – the 21 YK will be around 36 feet in diameter, the size of a bus and will pass through just 1,18,000 miles from Earth.

On January 5, an asteroid – 2021 YQ, approximately 220 feet in diameter will pass 1.3 million miles away from Earth. Another bus size asteroid named 2014 YE15 as large as 24 feet in diameter will pass 4.6 million miles away from Earth.

A relatively small 13 feet in diameter asteroid 2020 API will pass about 1.08 million miles away from Earth on January 7 and a massive 340 feet (building sized) objecct 2013 YD48 will zoom past 3.4 million miles away from Earth on January 11.

The asteroids, however, have not been confirmed as potentially dangerous objects by NASA considering that the average distance between Earth and the moon itself is about 239,000 miles (385,000 kilometers).

Also read: NASA: Start the year with a new moon, midnight meteors, and Mars!



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