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A school bus-sized asteroid flew close to the earth

A big asteroid will pass past Earth. According to NASA, it is said to be the closest approach ever

A big asteroid will pass past Earth. According to NASA, it is said to be the closest approach ever

One of the most anticipated space events will take place Thursday night. On Thursday night, an asteroid that is thought to be the size of a school bus will pass by Earth. Therefore, one of the closest approaches ever seen was this one. NASA, amateur astronomer, Gennadiy Borisov, made the discovery at an observatory in Crimea.

According to NASA, there is no chance that the asteroid 2023 BU, which is roughly the size of a school bus, will collide with Earth. It will pass over South America’s southernmost point at 2,200 miles, which is about 10 times closer than certain communication satellites.

Thus, the asteroid would “turn into a fireball and generally disintegrate harmlessly in the atmosphere, with some of the bigger debris potentially landing as tiny meteorites,” NASA states, “even if there was a risk that it might hit Earth.”

NASA’s Scout impact hazard assessment system “quickly ruled out 2023 BU as an impactor,” according to Davide Farnocchia, a navigation engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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