Asteroid expected to fly by the earth is considered to be larger than the Empire State Building. The asteroid named as 163348(2002 NN4 ), is expected to pass the earth on Saturday, June 6.
Though it is said that the size of the asteroid is smaller but it is quite larger than the size of the other asteroids. The size of the asteroid measures between 0.245 to 0.568 km in diameter. This makes it much larger in size than the Empire State Building in New York, which is 0.4432 km in height.
The asteroid as said by NASA JPL is “potentially hazardous”, as it is foreseen to pass close to the earth. Though the distance is 5 million kms.
The scientists are predicting many such close passes, in the near future around 30 such passes are predicted. The asteroid like this will be back only after nine years. The asteroid 163348(2002 NN4 ) is expected to pass by earth with a velocity of 11,146km/s. Though it is approximately 90 % percent larger than the other asteroids, it won’t be hitting the earth. Even NASA is working on formulating the Double Asteroid Redirection Test which is going to be a planetary defense spacecraft