In Other News, A Massive Asteroid Will Buzz By The Earth Today
Remember way back on August, 24th when I told you about the asteroid that's going to be passing close by during the November election? Yeah, this is a different one. It's also significantly larger, too. The asteroid that's going to be passing by in November is called 2018 VP1 and is only about 6 feet wide. Today's asteroid called 2011 ES4 is about 26 times larger at approximately 160 feet wide.
Today's asteroid (what a 2020 thing to say) will pass by at about 1/5 the distance to the moon. To give you an idea of how far away that is, if you were to drive to the moon in your car (not possible, for the record), it would be about 238,900 miles away. Our big rocky buddy 2011 ES4 will pass by today at about 45,000 miles from the surface of the earth.
The best part about all of this is that no one is really expecting this thing to cause any problems here for us on Earth, however, it's still worth mentioning. Remember back in 2013 when that asteroid penetrated the earth's atmosphere and crashed into Russia? That asteroid is being investigated for collusion. Just kidding.
If you're looking for a little more reassurance that you won't die today from a mondo space chunk hum-chucking into our world than what an overweight morning radio host can provide, take it directly from the source itself. Below is a tweet from Nasa's NASA Asteroid Watch Twitter feed. And they have a blue check mark so totes obvs they know what they're talking about.
Stay safe out there my friends, and remember, no space rock is safe to touch...evah!
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