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Love, Asteroids: How 2024 BR4 Is Keeping Us Safe This Valentine’s Day

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Feb 13, 2024
Valentine’s Day Surprise: Asteroid the Size of Two Love Boats to Give Earth a Cosmic Kiss

A potentially hazardous asteroid known as 2024 BR4 has been discovered ahead of Valentine’s Day. The asteroid, which was observed at a distance of 12 million kilometers from Earth, is estimated to be between 100 and 300 meters in size, making it a potentially dangerous object.

However, there is still much uncertainty regarding its composition and potential effects on the planet if it were to collide with Earth. Despite this, the asteroid is not expected to come close to our planet for a long time, with its closest approach on Valentine’s Day estimated to be 4.6 million kilometers away, or 12 times the average distance of the Moon.

On a positive note, this flyby will be the closest the asteroid gets to our planet in the next 120 years, providing further assurance that we are safe from this potentially dangerous object for the foreseeable future. The fact that the asteroid went undetected when it passed Earth at 14 lunar distances in 2011 highlights the significant progress that has been made in asteroid surveys in recent years. Despite its potential hazards, the detection of the asteroid has actually demonstrated how far surveys have come in identifying potentially dangerous objects and ensuring the safety of our planet.

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