• NASA detected an asteroid approaching Earth
  • 2020 GF1 follows an Earth-crossing orbit

NASA’s asteroid tracking system has detected a near-Earth asteroid that’s expected to closely approach Earth tomorrow. Data collected on the asteroid’s orbit revealed that the space rock would intersect Earth’s path during its visit.

According to NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), the approaching asteroid is known as 2020 GF1. The agency estimated that this asteroid has a diameter of about 112 feet. It is currently traveling across the Solar System at a speed of almost 14,000 miles per hour.

According to NASA, 2020 GF1 is an Apollo asteroid, which means it follows an orbit that crosses Earth’s path around the Sun. NASA noted that most of the time, the asteroid flies between the orbits of Mars and Earth.

Fortunately, CNEOS noted that 2020 GF1 is not in danger of hitting Earth during its upcoming near-Earth intersection. According to the agency, the asteroid will cross Earth’s path on April 8 at 3:37 pm EDT. During this time, the asteroid will be about 0.00376 astronomical units from Earth, which is equivalent to almost 350,000 miles away.

Image: Artist illustration of an asteroid heading for the Earth Pixabay