An asteroid about the size of a “little house” uncomfortably approached Earth, missing our planet by nearly 250 miles. Deemed to be “2020 VT4”, the asteroid made history by coming closest to Earth without hitting it.
According to Universe today, the asteroid was about 16 to 32 feet in diameter, with the article likening the object to about the same size as a modest remains. Other sources such as Fox News have drawn comparisons between the size of the alien rock and a Ford F-150 pickup truck.
Interestingly enough, it was observed that this near miss happened on Friday the 13th.
The New York Post reports how the asteroid flew over the South Pacific undetected until the final asteroid land impact alert system at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii was notified of its presence on Saturday, November 14. The same Universe Today article notes that this lack of prior notification is not uncommon for asteroids moving as fast as 2020 VT4, especially if they originate from Earth’s blind spot.
To know how close the VT4 2020 is to physical contact with Earth, you should know that the International Space Station (ISS) also orbits the planet 250 miles away.
It seems that space news has been the predominant topic in the headlines over the past week. As the space objects passed through the third sun rock, we Earthlings sent some of our own in the space on Sunday.
2020 VT4 is expected to make another pass over Earth on November 13, 2052 at a (hopefully) much greater distance.