‘Potentially hazardous’ skyscraper-size asteroid will zip past Earth Thursday

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According to NASA, a massive asteroid the size of a skyscraper will pass relatively close to Earth on April 6, traveling at a speed of 35,000 mph (56,000 km/h), Live Science reported.

However, it will miss our planet by more than a million miles. The asteroid, named 2023 FM, is estimated to be between 393 and 853 feet (120 to 260 meters) in diameter, equivalent to a 40- to 80-story building.

Despite being designated as a potentially hazardous asteroid (PHA) due to its size and trajectory, it will fly past Earth at a safe distance of roughly 1.8 million miles (2.9 million kilometers), which is beyond the orbit of the full moon.

NASA is constantly monitoring thousands of potentially hazardous asteroids (PHAs) because even a small change in their orbit could lead to a catastrophic collision with Earth.

Astronomers keep recalculating their trajectories to ensure that they pose no threat to our planet. Fortunately, there are no expected collisions with PHAs for the next century.

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