Three asteroids have been flagged as potentially dangerous to Earth by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as near-Earth Objects, and will fly by the planet this month.
The first asteroid, at about a half-a-mile long, is expected to fly by Earth on Sept. 9.
The half-a-mile large 2010 RJ53 asteroid is expected to fly by about 227,000 miles away from the planet, which will be closer to earth than the moon.
On Sept. 11, 2021PT will fly about 3.04 million miles from earth. This asteroid is only about 450 feet in diameter.
The third asteroid, 2021 NY1, will fly within 930,000 miles from the planet on Sept. 22. As an Apollo-class asteroid, it is between 430-990 feet in diameter – almost three times the size of a football field. According to NASA, the 2021 NY1’s flyby will be the closest approach to earth in nearly a century.