WASHINGTON: A space rock larger than the Eiffel Tower will enter Earth’s orbit next week, the US space agency NASA said.
According to NASA, the egg-shaped asteroid named 4660 Nereus is 1,082 feet long and will enter Earth orbit on Saturday, December 11 at a speed of 14,700 miles per hour.
NASA said the expectation is that the rock would pass some distance above the ground without causing any damage, but this distance would also be close. The space rock is named after Neres, the Greek sea god.
It should be noted that NASA describes any space object coming within a distance of 193 million kilometers from the earth’s surface as a potential threat. Once a threat is declared, experts observe it closely.