This Valentine’s Day, there is news of a potentially hazardous asteroid that could provide an easy excuse to cancel any plans. 2024 BR4 was discovered this year and is located 12 million kilometers away from Earth. The size of the asteroid is estimated to be between 100 and 300 meters, making it a potential danger. However, there is still much uncertainty regarding its composition and effects on the planet if it collides with Earth.
Despite the potential danger, the asteroid will not come close to our planet for a long time. Its closest approach on Valentine’s Day will be 4.6 million kilometers away, or 12 times the average distance of the Moon. This flyby will be the closest the asteroid gets to our planet in the next 120 years, providing further assurance that we are safe from this potentially dangerous object for the foreseeable future.
On a positive note, this detection has demonstrated how far surveys have come in identifying potentially dangerous objects and ensuring the safety of our planet. Despite going undetected when it passed Earth at 14 lunar distances in 2011, significant progress has been made in asteroid surveys in recent years. So while we may need to be cautious about this particular asteroid, we can also take comfort in knowing that our planet is safe from other potential threats for now.