As Valentine’s Day approaches, news has emerged of a potentially hazardous asteroid that could provide an easy excuse to cancel plans. 2024 BR4 is the name of the asteroid discovered this year, which is located 12 million kilometers from Earth. Despite its size being estimated between 100 and 300 meters, there is still much uncertainty surrounding its composition and potential effects on our planet if it collides with Earth. However, it’s not expected to come close to our planet for a long time, with its closest approach on Valentine’s Day estimated at 4.6 million kilometers away, or about 12 times the average distance of the Moon.
While the asteroid may pose some danger, this flyby will be the closest it gets to our planet in the next 120 years. This provides assurance that we are safe from this potentially dangerous object for the foreseeable future. The fact that the asteroid went undetected when it passed Earth at 14 lunar distances in 2011 highlights how far we have come in identifying potentially dangerous objects and ensuring their safety through recent progress in asteroid surveys.