Enormous asteroid 7335 (1989 JA) to fly by Earth on May 27
An enormous asteroid four times the size of the Empire State Building will make a close approach to Earth on May 27, according to NASA's Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS). Fear not: the asteroid, named 7335 (1989 JA), will soundly miss our planet by about 2. Related: What are the largest impact craters on Earth? (opens in new tab)
According to NASA, 7335 (1989 JA) is the largest asteroid that will make a close approach to Earth this year. This asteroid is one of more than 29,000 near-Earth objects (NEOs) that NASA tracks each year. 7335 (1989 JA) also fits into a class of asteroid called the Apollo-class — which refers to asteroids that orbit the sun while periodically crossing Earth's orbit (opens in new tab), Live Science previously reported.
NASA monitors NEOs like this one closely, and recently launched a mission to test whether potentially hazardous asteroids could one day be deflected from a collision course with Earth.
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