This Valentine’s Day, an asteroid is set to pass by Earth. The asteroid, known as 2024 BR4, was discovered just a few weeks ago and is classified as potentially dangerous due to its estimated size of 100 to 300 meters. However, the distance between the asteroid and Earth on Valentine’s Day will be no closer than 4.6 million kilometers, which is 12 times the average distance of the Moon.
Despite its classification as potentially dangerous, much about this asteroid remains unknown. For example, its size and albedo are not well understood, resulting in a wide uncertainty range. However, astronomers have calculated its orbit with precision and know that it will not come close to Earth on Valentine’s Day.
This flyby is a good news for planet Earth as it brings some excitement to our usual routine of daily life and also shows how far we have come in detecting such objects in space. It also serves as an reminder that even though we may face potential dangers in space, we are always prepared for them and can take necessary actions to protect our planet from any harm that might come our way.