This Valentine’s Day, there is news of a potentially hazardous asteroid that could provide an excuse to cancel any plans. The asteroid, known as 2024 BR4, was discovered this year and is estimated to be between 100 and 300 meters in size. However, much uncertainty remains regarding its composition and potential effects on the planet if it collides with Earth. Despite this, the asteroid is not expected to come close to our planet for a long time, with its closest approach on Valentine’s Day estimated to be 4.6 million kilometers away, or 12 times the average distance of the Moon.
The fact that the asteroid went undetected when it passed Earth at 14 lunar distances in 2011 highlights the significant progress that has been made in asteroid surveys in recent years. Despite its potential hazards, the detection of the asteroid has demonstrated how far surveys have come in identifying potentially dangerous objects and ensuring the safety of our planet. While it may not cause widespread destruction, this flyby serves as a reminder of the importance of staying vigilant about potential threats from space.