8.5 times the speed of bullets This Boeing 747-sized asteroid will pass over Earth.

On February 2nd, according tomedia reports, NASA said an asteroid would pass over Earth, about 3.8 million miles from our planet. The asteroid, known as 2020 BD9, is estimated to be 29-65 meters in diameter, about the size of a Boeing 747’s wingspan, the report said. It will be about 3.8 million miles from our planet, and while that sounds remote, NASA considers it a “close proximity.”

As it skims over Earth, the asteroid will fly at a staggering 16,933 miles per hour, about 8.5 times the speed of a bullet! Fortunately, the chances of this asteroid colliding with our planet are extremely low.

But NASA says future asteroids are likely to collide with Earth, and they find about 30 new NEAR-Earth objects (NEO) each week, with more than 19,000 objects currently found. And NASA has warned that its near-Earth object catalogue is incomplete, meaning unpredictable impacts can occur at any time.

8.5 times the speed of bullets This Boeing 747-sized asteroid will pass over Earth.