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NASA has detected a new asteroid, 2021 AF8, which is heading towards Earth at 9 kilometers per second

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According to scientists, this asteroid can travel safely by the Earth at a distance of around 3.4 million kilometers.


Following the God of Death, asteroid Apophis, and the giant asteroid in 2021, NASA has discovered yet another asteroid approaching the Earth at a much faster rate than the previous ones.


The asteroid, dubbed AF8, is the size of a football field, which is why NASA scientists are keeping a close eye on it. This asteroid is expected to come close to Earth on May 4th, according to scientists


This asteroid is estimated to be between 260 and 580 meters in diameter, according to NASA. In the month of March, scientists found this asteroid for the first time.


While Asteroid AF8 is much smaller than other large asteroids passed by Earth in space, it is still hazardous, according to the US Space Agency. According to the department, the asteroid 2021 AF8 is approaching Earth at a speed of 9 kilometers per second.



According to scientists, this asteroid can travel safely by the Earth at a distance of around 3.4 million kilometers.


Astronomers are also keeping a close watch on this Apollo-based asteroid. NASA has classified this asteroid as a potentially hazardous asteroid.


NASA's Sentry System is also tracking such risks. There are actually 22 asteroids with a low risk of colliding with the Earth in the next 100 years.


The first and largest asteroid in this list is 29075 (1950 DA), which will not arrive until 2880. It's also three times the size of New York's Empire State Building, and it was once thought to have the greatest chance of colliding with the Earth.


What are asteroids, exactly?


Asteroids are tiny rocks that orbit the sun like planets but are much smaller than planets. The bulk of asteroids in our solar system are found in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter's orbits. Apart from that, they revolve around the sun and rotate in the orbits of other planets. 

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