Astronomers Say They've Spotted A Massive Asteroid Hurtling Toward Earth Today
Someone call Bruce Willis ASAP! There's a bus-sized asteroid heading in Earth's direction.
The asteroid will fly between the Earth and the moon today, February 2, sometime around 3:30 pm EST.
Astronomers discovered the asteroid, dubbed 2017 BS32, just a few days ago, according to MailOnline.
The space rock is estimated to be somewhere between 36 to 82 feet, or roughly the size of a double-decker bus.
Fortunately, in spite of its late discovery, asteroid 2017 BS32 will not hit Earth and cause all of us to die in the disaster of all disasters.
Asteroid 2017 BS32 will be just 100,214 miles from the Earth at the time of its closet approach, which is 60 percent closer than the moon, according to Slooh.
This is not the first time an asteroid has come close to our beloved planet this year.
Slooh astronomer Paul Cox said,
It raises a few eyebrows when we see a number of close approaching NEAs over such a short period of time. We'll investigate how this could be.
Are all of these asteroids a sign that "Doomsday" is on its way?
Probably not (thankfully).
NASA has us covered.
According to NASA's NEO (Near Earth Object) program,
No one should be overly concerned about an Earth impact of an asteroid or comet. The threat to any one person from auto accidents, disease, other natural disasters and a variety of other problems is much higher than the threat from NEOs... At the moment, our best insurance rests with the NEO scientists and their efforts to first find these objects and then track their motions into the future. We need to first find them, then keep an eye on them.
In other words: There are some really nerdy people out there who are watching out for us, and we should all be extremely thankful for their commitment.
Hooray for science!
Citations: Bus-sized asteroid will fly between Earth and the moon TONIGHT just days after its discovery (MailOnline), NASA, Asteroid 2017 BS32 Flies By Earth Days After Discovery (Slooh)