Earth will encounter 1.8 km wide asteroid

The 1.8-kilometers-wide potentially dangerous asteroid is set to come closer to Earth as it passes in its orbit around the Sun.

A close encounter with Earth is expected later this month as the asteroid's streaks past at a staggering 47,196 kilometers per hour.

Although the asteroid is believed to have passed Earth without any damage, NASA still classified the foreign object as potentially dangerous.

The object, named 1989 JA, can be seen using binoculars as it comes closer to the planet's orbit. It was discovered in 1989 at the Palomar Observatory.

The asteroid will come as close to 40,24,182 kilometers as the planet, which is dangerously close for an object to fly by.

The last time it came this close to Earth was in 1996 when the asteroid swept past the planet from a distance of just over four million kilometers. 

According to NASA (JPL), an asteroid is classified as a near-Earth object when its distance from our planet is less than 1.3 times the distance from Earth to the Sun.

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