- Football Field-Sized Asteroid Inbound Today, With Another 180-Footer to Follow This Weekend, NASA Warns
NASA is sounding the alarm over several incoming space rocks, one of which is due to pass within a third of the distance between the Earth and the moon. To kick things off amid yet another rocky month for Earth and its asteroid hunters, on Tuesday, asteroid 2009 PQ1, measuring 110 meters in diameter, will come within 4.1 million kilometers of Earth. This will be followed just days later by asteroid 2020 OL4 (diameter: 37m) at a distance of 3.6 million km, on Saturday August 8.
But wait, there’s more! The end of August will see another flurry of asteroidal activity, with three space rocks, ranging in size from a family car to a passenger plane, will skim past us. On August 23 and 26, 2020 FA1 (19m) and 2016AH164 (3.9m) will fly past the earth at distances seven and six million kilometers respectively. All perfectly safe.