NASA classified asteroid 4660 Nereus, discovered in 1982, as a “potentially dangerous asteroid” because of its size and proximity to Earth. An asteroid with a diameter of 330 m is expected to pass the Earth on December 11 at a distance of 3.93 million km. It is said that an asteroid with a diameter of more than 140 m is classified as a ‘dangerous asteroid’ if it passes a range of 7.48 million km from Earth. The asteroid Nereus will make its closest approach to Earth since its discovery, and some reports suggest that cosmic rocks contain $5 billion worth of precious metals, nickel, iron and cobalt.
Asteroid 4660 Nereus is a small near-Earth asteroid with a diameter of nearly a mile, the goal of the MUSES-C mission is to land a lander on the asteroid’s surface and release the miniature probe to collect terrain pictures. Three samples are collected from the asteroid surface and returned to Earth. The lander and sample return vehicle are provided by Japan, and the rover is provided by JPL. All three vehicles are combined into one package for asteroid flights.
Asteroid skim earth orbit
A giant asteroid that NASA has described as “potentially dangerous” skim orbits Earth.
The cosmic rock is 1,000 feet long, which is bigger than the Eiffel Tower, but don’t worry. NASA says the rock is not dangerous to Earth.
However, the 4660 Nereus asteroid is called a “potentially dangerous” asteroid because it will pass within 4.65 million miles of our planet.
But astronomer Dr Franck Marchis, a senior astronomer at the SETI Institute and Unistellar’s chief scientific officer, told the Sun that the giant rock Nereus “is not a threat.” However… Never rest assured! He also added that the orbit of the asteroid Nereus could be deflected due to several possibilities, such as Nereus encountering other asteroids or planets. Even small deviations can be problematic, which can deflect orbit. “It’s like you have evil neighbors. It’s in your interest to know where they are and what they’re doing,” Dr Marchis told Sun.
Dr. Marchis said, for example, that it could wipe out most of Coventry’s Midlands and could even damage Leeds in the north and Southampton in the south. But don’t worry. All of these possibilities can happen in any asteroid if there is a bias in the asteroid’s orbit. Here the astronomer was more convinced that the bias was less likely. “We’re monitoring people to make sure they sleep comfortably,” he said.