An asteroid with a diameter of 32 meters, or the size of an average house, will fly today between the Earth and the Moon, at a distance of only 256,000 kilometers, the American space agency NASA announced.
Named 2021 GT3, this asteroid will be closest to Earth, tonight around 10:30 p.m.
NASA states that the asteroid does not pose any direct threat to the Earth because it is too far for a direct collision with the planet,
This huge “space stone” arrives from the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and will rush past Mars, Earth, Venus and Mercury.
NASA announces that more asteroids will pass by the Earth over the weekend, but none as close as the GT3.
Asteroids are fragments of rocks left after the formation of the solar system about 4.6 billion years ago, and most of them orbit between Mars and Jupiter.
Occasionally, their orbits are affected by the planet’s gravity, which changes their orbits. When that happens, there could be a potential collision with Earth or other planets, like the one 65 million years ago when dinosaurs were exterminated.