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At the end of the twentieth century, NASA launched the Near-Earth Object Program, which aims to detect and track the movement of celestial bodies whose orbits can transfer them to the immediate vicinity of our planet. The space agency has found more than 20,000 NEOs* so far.

A massive asteroid larger than Big Ben is approaching Earth, according to data from NASA.

according toasteroid watch dashboard The space agency’s orb, named 2013 YD48, is about 104 meters wide, making it bigger than the popular British tourist attraction.

The asteroid, which is traveling at an amazing speed, will overtake Earth on January 11. Before visiting 2013 YD48, three more asteroids will fly close to Earth in early January, ranging in size from 4 to 12 metres.

But do not confuse the numbers – these celestial bodies are very dangerous. For comparison, the 17-meter-high meteor that exploded in the atmosphere over the Chelyabinsk region of Russia in 2013 destroyed more than 7,000 buildings and caused $33 million in damage.

Although all asteroids are classified as near-Earth objects, NASA says a collision is highly unlikely. However, it is not recommended to make any long-term plans, at least not after 2080, because the European Space Agency has discovered an asteroid that could hit Earth at the end of this century.

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Identified as 2019 SU3, it ranks fourth in the list of the most dangerous celestial bodies and can hit our planet exactly on September 16, 2084.

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*NEO, Near Earth Object, an acronym for a solar system body whose orbit is in danger of intersecting with Earth’s orbit. All NEOs have a perihelion distance less than 1.3 AU (astronomical unit), ndr

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