An asteroid will fly over Earth in September and be closer than the Moon

An asteroid is expected to pass Earth on September 1

An asteroid is expected to pass Earth on September 1

The 2011 ES4 will land on September 1, 2020 at 10:49 a.m. EST. The asteroid will fly approximately 44,618 miles.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) observed an asteroid that will pass through the Earth. Most worrying here is the fact that it will pass at a distance closer than the moon. This should happen by September.

NASA has already listed it in the “Close-range approaches” of the Center for Near-Earth Objects Studies (CNEOS). As CNEOS explains, near-Earth objects are primarily comets and asteroids which are pushed by the gravitational pull of surrounding planets into the orbits of the sun. This allows them to fly close to Earth. Usually, comets form in a cold outer planetary system, while the majority of asteroids form inside the solar system between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.

According to the database, the 2011 ES4 will pass overland on September 1, 2020 at 10:49 a.m. EST. The asteroid will fly approximately 44,618 miles. The distance between the moon and the earth is approximately 238,855 miles.

In addition, CNEOS has placed ES4 2011 in the category of Apollo asteroids. These types of asteroids have a considerably large orbit around the Earth and the Sun. The intersection of the asteroid with Earth’s orbit often occurs as it rotates around the sun.

The space agency called the 2011 ES4 “potentially dangerous” but found no threat due to its small diameter.

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