Asteroid 2021 GT2 will fly by Earth on June 6, 2022

An asteroid up to three times the size of a blue whale will zoom past Earth at more than 26,000 km/h on Monday (June 6). according to NASA (opens in new tab).

That asteroidDubbed the 2021 GT2, it is expected to safely miss our planet by more than 2.2 million miles (3.5 million kilometers) — or roughly 10 times the average distance therebetween Earth and the moon. Astronomers first spotted the space rock last year and estimated its size to be between 121 and 272 feet (37 to 83 meters) wide. That sounds pretty big – between one and three times as long as a blue whale – it is not large enough to be considered a potential threat to Earth. Asteroid 2021 GT2 will fly by Earth on June 6, 2022

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