Asteroid tracker: NASA monitor 2021 AU space rock to skim past our planet this week | Science | News

However, this term is technically correct, especially when the inconceivable scale of space is taken into consideration.

To put this into celestial context, the average distance between Earth and its Moon is 238,855 miles (384,400 km).

As its name indicates, the recently-discovered 2021 AU will be at its closest to Earth on Thursday, January 6, at 11.27pm GMT (3:27pm PT), before it continues it elliptical orbit around the solar system.

Unfortunately, despite the relatively unusual nature of its flyby, the asteroid cannot be viewed from Earth with commercially-available equipment.


READ  Farage calls for private health firms to 'relieve burden on NHS' | Politics

Leave a Reply

This website uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you accept our use of cookies.