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NASA Assures Public: Planet-Sized Asteroid 2024 KN1 Poses No Threat

NASA confirms asteroid 2024 KN1's safe Earth flyby on June 23, 2024, despite its size, enhancing celestial object study
June 24, 2024

NASA has issued a precautionary alert regarding asteroid 2024 KN1, an object approximately the size of an 88-foot airplane, hurtling towards Earth. Scheduled for a close approach on June 23, 2024, at 11:39 PM IST, this asteroid, part of the Amor group, will pass at a safe distance of 5.6 million kilometers from our planet—about 14 times farther than the Moon.

Scientific institutions such as the Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) collaborate globally to track asteroids using advanced observatories like Pan-STARRS, the Catalina Sky Survey, and NASA’s NEOWISE mission. Radar systems such as JPL’s Goldstone Solar System Radar Group also play crucial roles in these efforts.

Despite its size and proximity, NASA assures the public that asteroid 2024 KN1 poses no threat of impact. Like most near-Earth objects in the Amor group, it follows a trajectory that keeps it safely distant from Earth.

NASA's focus remains on monitoring a small subset of potentially hazardous asteroids whose orbits bring them closer to Earth. This includes asteroids like 2024 KN1, which provide valuable opportunities for scientific study during their close approaches.

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