Potentially Hazardous Asteroid Going 21,000 MPH Is On Close Approach With Earth

Asteroid 2021 NY1 measures up to 1000 feet in diameter, making it a very large asteroid. It will enter the Earth’s orbit, heading towards us at a speed of nearly 21,000 mph.

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Asteroid 2021 NY1 Going 21000 MPH Is On Close Approach With Earth

  • 2021 NY1, a very large asteroid, up to 984 feet wide, will be closely flying by Earth in September.
  • Classified as a Potentially Hazardous Near-Earth Object (NEO) by NASA, Asteroid 2021 NY1 will be traveling at a speed of around 20,893 miles per hour.

Mark your calendars. Asteroid 2021 NY1 is about to come by and say hello to Earth.

The Apollo-class asteroid, which is somewhere between 427 and 984 feet wide, is predicted by NASA to be on close approach and will pass by our planet on Sept. 22, 2021.

It will come within 930,487 miles (1,498,113 kilometers) of Earth at a speed of almost 21,000 miles per hour.

While that may not sound very close, in relative terms of outer space it isn’t completely insignificant.

For instance, the moon is 238,855 miles from Earth, while the planet Mars is 245.22 million miles away. So 930,487 miles is pretty close.

That’s assuming that the Yarkovsky Effect, which can change an asteroid’s orbital path, doesn’t occur with this particular space rock.

Asteroid 2021 NY1 Going 21000 MPH Is On Close Approach With Earth

VIA JPL-NASA

This is why NASA classifies Asteroid 2021 NY1 as a Near-Earth Object, which they define as “an asteroid or comet that approaches our planet less than 1.3 times the distance from Earth to the Sun (the Earth-Sun distance is about 93 million miles).”

Asteroid 2021 NY1 is also considered to be a Potentially Hazardous Object by NASA, “because the gravitational tug of the planets could, over time, cause an object’s orbital path to evolve into an Earth-crossing orbit. This allows for the possibility of a future collision.”

According to SpaceReference.org, “2021 NY1 orbits the sun every 1,400 days (3.83 years), coming as close as 0.99 AU and reaching as far as 3.90 AU from the sun.”

So it’s all good, right? Sure. If you believe NASA, who never tries to conceal the truth and never keeps anything hidden from the American public.