NASA has issued a warning that a massive asteroid, measuring 150 feet in diameter, is heading towards Earth and is set to pass by on April 6. The asteroid, known as 2023 GT3, is classified as a near-Earth object and is considered potentially hazardous due to its size and proximity to our planet.
According to NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), 2023 GT3 will pass by Earth at a distance of approximately 1.2 million miles, which is about five times the distance between the Earth and the Moon. While this distance may seem vast, it is still considered a close call in astronomical terms.
NASA has been tracking the asteroid’s trajectory for several months and has classified it as a potentially hazardous object due to its size and proximity to Earth. While there is no immediate danger, NASA will continue to monitor the asteroid’s movement to ensure that it does not pose a threat to our planet in the future.
About Its Size
Despite its size, 2023 GT3 is not expected to cause any damage if it were to hit the Earth’s surface. However, the impact of an asteroid of this size would still be significant, and could potentially cause destruction over a wide area.
NASA has been closely monitoring near-Earth objects for many years, and has developed a number of strategies to mitigate the potential impact of an asteroid strike. These include tracking the trajectory of asteroids, developing technologies to deflect or redirect their course, and working with international partners to share information and resources.
The asteroid’s approach provides a unique opportunity for scientists to study the object up close, and could help to shed light on the origins and composition of these celestial bodies. NASA has stated that it will be observing the asteroid as it passes by, using a range of telescopes and other instruments to gather data and images.