The largest asteroid to pass close to Earth this year will be closer to it on Sunday, but scientists have said it should not panic because it poses no threat to the planet.
The giant space rock that scientists call 2001 F032 has a diameter of several hundred meters and will approach the Earth at a distance of about 2 million kilometers, said the US space agency NASA, reports Telegrafi.
Distance is more than five times the distance from Earth to the Moon.
“This is stable, it’s not in a dangerous trajectory,” said Detlef Koschny, an asteroid expert with the European Space Agency. .
“We know exactly the 2001 F032 orbit around the Sun since it was discovered 20 years ago, and we’ve been following it ever since,” said Paul Chodas, director of the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies.
This asteroid, which orbits the Sun every 810 days, will pass the Earth at a speed of about 124,000 kilometers per hour.