According to NASA, an asteroid around the size of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa will fly past Earth on Halloween.
The recently discovered asteroid, designated 2022 RM4, was found by NASA’s Astroid Terrestrial-impact Laser Alert System (ATLAS). Over 700 near-Earth asteroids and 66 comets have been tracked by the ATLAS system, which undertakes a thorough survey of the night sky every 24 hours.
According to NASA, a near-Earth object is any big object that is 7.5 million kilometers or fewer from the earth. Astronomers carefully observe these bodies after they have been found for any signs of a departure from predicted trajectories that might pose a hazard to Earth.
The Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) predicts that 2022 RM4 will have a diameter that ranges from 330 to 740 meters. The Burj Khalifa, the highest structure in the world, is 828 meters high.
On November 1, it will pass by Earth at a distance of 2.3 million kilometers, which is roughly six times the distance between the Earth and the Moon. This is like passing someone on a two-lane freeway in comparison to the expanse of space.