An Empire State Building Sized Asteroid to Pass by Earth
For crying out loud, is there really a headline anymore that surprises anyone? We've got protests, coronavirus, ebola, murder hornets, Hurricanes and now skyscraper-sized space projectiles hurdling towards earth.
I suppose, at the very least, it would be good of me to start by letting you know that this behemoth will pass by our planet at a "safe distance". According to WABI, asteroid 2002 NN4, because we just can't call it 'Steve', is about 250-570 meters in Diameter and more than 1,400 feet tall. So yeah, literally about the size, if not bigger, than the freakin' Empire State Building.
When will this be taking place? Apparently sometime Saturday, June 6th, 2020. According to NASA, several other projectiles will be passing by this weekend as well. I guess this giant meteor travels with a posse. Good thing Spacex launched their shuttle when they did. I'm sure hitting object like this in a spacecraft isn't like turning on the windshield wipers for bug splatter.
If it makes you feel better, we currently have about 20,000 asteroids criss-crossing around near the earth. And, it's been awhile since one was a cause for concern. I think it was back in 2013 when one crashed into Russia and injured like 1,600 people. You like how I give those facts? "I think it was back in 2013". I guess what I'm saying is you better Google it. Typically, I would have done all this research for you, but doing a Google search for when the last time an asteroid hit the Earth just seems a little depressing, so you can do it.