So a "potentially hazardous" asteroid the size of the Eiffel Tower will pass within Earth's orbit next week just in case you wanna hold off on your Christmas shopping or anything

Dec 8th

Well this isn't unsettling at all.

Nope, not one little solitary bit:

An asteroid the size of the Eiffel Tower is heading towards Earth this month and it's considered an especially unique piece of rock by scientists.

The asteroid 4660 Nereus is classified as a "potentially hazardous" piece of rock because of its proximity to Earth. On Dec. 11, NASA expects it to be at its closest point to Earth over a 20-year period. The asteroid was discovered back in 1982.

The 4660 Nereus is a 330-meter asteroid in the shape of an egg and within the next week scientists anticipate it will come within 2.5 million miles from Earth. Despite that sounding like an incredibly far away distance, it's about ten times farther away than the moon, which is considered close by cosmic standards.

Uh, yeah, by "cosmic standards" 2.5 million miles is insanely close.

That's like a 9mm bullet zipping by six inches away from your head. Your eyebrows feel the air from that thing as it goes by.

Good thing it's going to miss us! I mean, right? It's not like they could be off by 2.5 million miles, right? Right.



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