Asteroid 2021 GT2 will fly past Earth on June 6, 2022

An asteroid up to three times the size of a blue whale will pass Earth on Monday June 6 at over 16,000 mph (26,000 km/h), according to NASA (opens in a new tab).

The asteroid, named 2021 GT2, is expected to safely miss our planet by more than 2.2 million miles (3.5 million kilometers) – about 10 times the average distance between Earth and the moon. Astronomers first detected the space rock last year and estimated its size between 121 and 272 feet (37 to 83 meters) wide. Although it looks quite large – between one and three times the length of a blue whale (opens in a new tab) – it is not large enough to be considered a potential danger to Earth.

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