Asteroid 2021 EQ3, however, could have a diameter of up to 125 feet (38 meters), making it more like the size of a small apartment building. That’s also about the same size as the meteoroid that slammed into the atmosphere above Russia in 2013, creating a shock wave that blew out thousands of windows in the city of Chelyabinsk below, injuring hundreds.
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You may have seen headlines about an #asteroid that will safely fly by Earth on March 21. While this asteroid, known as 2001 FO32, is large, it will safely zip past Earth at a distance of 1.3 million miles—five times further away than the Moon—and poses no risk of hitting Earth. pic.twitter.com/oZZG5UaFsf
Sky surveys and other telescopes spot a space rock passing closer than the moon every few days, on average. Most of these asteroids are just a few meters across, likely making them no larger than a bus.
This makes 2021 EQ3 the second largest object to come closer than the moon in 2021.
The asteroid’s size also makes it a good object to track, and the Virtual Telescope Project based in Rome will be streaming an online watch party via its website.
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