This diagram made available by NASA shows the estimated trajectory of asteroid 2023 BU, in red, affected by the earth's gravity, and the orbit of geosynchronous satellites, in green. On Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023, NASA revealed that this newly discovered asteroid, about the size of a truck, will zoom 2,200 miles above the southern tip of South America Thursday evening. Scientists say there is no risk of an impact. Even if it came a lot closer, scientists say it would burn up in the atmosphere, with only a few small pieces reaching the surface. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – An asteroid the size of a delivery truck will whip past Earth on Thursday night, one of the closest encounters ever recorded.
NASA insists it will be a near miss.
The space agency said Wednesday that this newly discovered asteroid will zoom 2,200 miles above the southern tip of South America.
NASA says there’s “no risk” of an impact.
Even if it came a lot closer, scientists say most of it would burn up in the atmosphere.
Discovered Saturday, the asteroid is believed to be between 11 feet and 28 feet across.