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2022 will begin with a bus-sized asteroid approaching Earth

As indicated by the US space office, Asteroid 2014 YE15, first found in 2014, will move toward Earth a good ways off of around 7,400,000km on January 6.

As NASA considers objects bigger than 150 meters and which approach Earth inside a distance of 7.5 million kilometers to be ‘potentially hazardous’, the seven-meter-wide – or ‘bus-size’, as the agency puts it – Asteroid 2014 YE15 isn’t viewed as a significant threat.

The year’s end will likewise be set apart by an apparently more serious risk passing by from space – on December 29, a roughly 149-meter-wide space rock will come a lot nearer to Earth, inside 3,540,000km. Space rocks show up in relative vicinity to the planet each two or three days, and NASA screens their development and routinely refreshes a rundown of the following five asteroid approaches.

This, however, doesn’t mean they can be ignored. Indeed, even little ones can create problems. In 2013, a 20-meter-wide space rock detonated over Chelyabinsk, Russia, delivering a similar energy as around 26 to 33 atomic bomb explosions. A few structures were harmed and around 1,500 individuals were treated for wounds brought about by the symptoms of the impact.