A potentially hazardous asteroid known as 2024 BR4 is set to fly by Earth on Valentine’s Day. While there is no immediate threat of widespread destruction, it could provide a convenient excuse for those looking to get out of plans for the day. The asteroid was discovered this year and is currently observed at a distance of 12 million kilometers from Earth.
The size of the asteroid is estimated to be between 100 and 300 meters, making it a potentially dangerous object. However, there is still much uncertainty regarding its composition and potential effects on the planet if it were to collide 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.
Despite its potential hazards, the detection of the asteroid has actually demonstrated how far surveys have come in identifying potentially dangerous objects and ensuring the safety of our planet. 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. So while we may not need to worry about this particular asteroid causing widespread destruction on Valentine’s Day, we can take comfort in knowing that our planet is safe from this potentially dangerous object for now and into the foreseeable future.