Football sized asteroid BS5 is set to fly by Earth today: NASA
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 23-Jul-2017

New Delhi, July 23: We all know that many numbers of asteroids pass by our Earth, even today the asteroid BS5 is set to fly by Earth today around 7.17 p.m. Astronomers discovered 2017 BS5 earlier this year at the Haleakala Observatory in Hawaii.

NASA said the asteroid, which spans up to 90 metres, is set to fly by Planet Earth today from 7.17pm. The prediction comes from the space agency's detection site under its "Close Approaches" page. It is set to race past at an astonishing 5.8km per second at a distance from Earth of 1.19million kilometres or 752,937 miles also known as 3.12 lunar distances.

Data on the site lists near-Earth objects – or NEOs – after the year 1900 and before 2200. The asteroid is one of five to pass by Earth within a year, according to a space explorer at NASA, Ron Baalke. He tweeted, along with a list of asteroids: "A list of known asteroid close approaches to Earth - less than 5 Lunar Distance - within the coming year."

He added the closest shave will come on October 12 when an asteroid up to 27 metres wide will fly past at a distance of 0.15 lunar distances – or 576,000 kilometres and 35,790 miles. The other encounters are set for December 3 this year and February 24 and April 2 next year.