Two asteroids moved closer to Earth than to the Moon this month – with the expectation of a closer encounter

Two asteroids moved closer to Earth than to the Moon this month - with the expectation of a closer encounter

The two asteroids crossed Earth this week, came closer to the planet than the moon – and are expected to face more closely the rest of the year.

The first asteroid, known as the 2020 RD4, was three to seven meters wide.

It crossed 94,000 kilometers (58,500 miles) on 14 September.

It is about one third of the distance between the Earth and the Moon, which is 384,400 kilometers away.

A second asteroid, known as the 2020 RF3, passed by a few hours later.

It was five to 11 meters wide, shooting about 106,000 kilometers (65,700 miles) away from the planet.

The wreckage of the spacecraft was recorded by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies, which tracks and predicts the asteroid.

None of the bodies near Earth’s nearest asteroid record, which was destroyed in a fire by asteroid 2020 QG next month, came just 1,830 miles off the South Indian Ocean, but indicates how many objects are safely delivered to each by the planet.

Over the next two months, many more objects are expected to pass by the planet, although only one near our planet will find it.

From now on and by the end of the year only one – asteroid RZ6 – will move closer to Earth than our moon.

It will pass September 17, but it is a stunner 27 meters wide among the farthest points.

NASA says the asteroid has a 0.41 percent chance of hitting Earth alone.

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