An asteroid about 3 times the size of the Statue of Liberty will pass Earth on the 1st day of autumn


The asteroid, known as “2021 NY1”, is being tracked by NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS). (PRNewsFoto/NASA)

(WJW) – A large asteroid would pass Earth on Wednesday afternoon during the autumnal equinox, which ushers in the fall season. The asteroid, known as “2021 NY1”, is being tracked by NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS).

NASA says it knows the “vast majority” of the largest asteroids and none pose a threat, although the space agency says it is “always on the lookout”.

According to Newsweek, the asteroid could be around three times the size of the Statue of Liberty and will pass Earth at around 21,000 miles per hour on Wednesday, the first day of fall. Newsweek reports that the asteroid will still be 93,000 miles away, but it belongs to a category of asteroids whose orbit is very close to intersection with Earth’s orbit.

The asteroid is currently in the constellation Centaurus, according to sky live, which tracks near-Earth objects. The autumnal equinox also brought with it the Harvest Moon, which peaked on Monday and lasted until Wednesday morning.

It is the full moon that rises closest to the autumnal equinox – September 22 – officially marking the start of the autumn season for the Northern Hemisphere. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, moonlight from the Harvest Moon lights up the early evening when crews harvest their summer crops.

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