FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — NASA is keeping tabs on an asteroid that will be in Earth’s neighborhood on September 24, 2020.
The asteroid will pass by at about 13,000 miles above the planet.
It will also pass beneath satellites that are used for weather forecasting which orbit Earth at approximately 20,000 miles away.
NASA scientists say 2020 SW is roughly 15 to 30 feet wide, which is nearly the size of a small school bus.
Believe it or not, asteroids of this magnitude are common and occur about once every year or two.
The asteroid will not impact Earth but even if it did, it would burn up in the atmosphere.
At the end of the day, there is no need to worry
After Thursday’s approach, the asteroid will not return until 2041 and it will pass even further away from Earth.