I’m certainly no fan of media scare-mongering, but I feel like this should have been a bigger story than it was – after all, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory’s Minor Planet Center classified the asteroid as a “potentially hazardous object”:
Asteroid 1999 KW4, measuring more than a mile in diameter and boasting its own moon, will fly by Earth on Saturday. Thankfully, the massive space rock will make its pass at a safe distance.
“The asteroid will approach from the south, and the first day of visibility also coincides with the closest approach,” NASA reported.
The asteroid will be visible through June 7.
While the near-Earth object is classified as a potentially hazardous asteroid, there will be a cushy 3.2 million miles between Earth and the walnut-shaped space rock during its closest approach.
That distance, I would note, is roughly 1/29 of the sun’s distance from the earth.
Wouldn’t want the sheeple to panic! In any case, it’s Sunday so I guess the asteroid has safely completed its fly-by?