Asteroid wider than 2 football fields is barreling toward Earth tonight
An asteroid wider than two football fields will zoom past Earth in the wee hours of Thursday (Aug. 4). The asteroid is set to pass at 12:23 a.m. (ET).
NASA astronomers discovered the
, known as 2022 OE2, just days ago, on July 26.
he meaty space rock is estimated to measure between 557 and 1,246 feet (170 to 380 meters) wide
which is about twice as wide as an American football field is long.
Astronomers also confirmed that 2022 OE2 is an Apollo-class asteroid
The impact from an asteroid this large would release more energy than 1,000 nuclear bombs.
However, this one will miss Earth by a wide margin,
according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Asteroid 2022 OE2 is predicted to pass Earth at a distance of roughly 3.2 million miles
more than 13 times the average distance between Earth and the
For context, this is significantly farther than the
asteroid 2022 NF
NASA monitors tens of thousands of near-Earth objects like this one and has estimated the trajectories of all of them beyond the end of the century.
The good news is, Earth is in no danger of a cataclysmic asteroid impact for at least the next 100 years,
NASA has said