According to information from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), it is expected that on December 11, the asteroid 4660 Nereus will be at its closest point to Earth for a period of 20 years.
According to NASA, it is an asteroid larger than the Eiffel Tower heading towards Earth during December and scientists consider it an especially unique piece.
Asteroid 4660 Nereus is classified as a “potentially dangerous” piece of rock due to its proximity to Earth and, according to experts, is a 330-meter egg-shaped asteroid that will be 4 million kilometers from Earth. However, although it sounds like a far distance, it is about ten times farther than the moon, which is considered close by cosmic standards, but they recommend not to panic.
According to scientists, Nereus has been a proposed target for a space mission multiple times, due to its egg shape, size, and orbital path around the sun and that makes it an ideal asteroid. Furthermore, in 2009, the researchers deemed him “a strong candidate for a rendezvous mission.”
Any fast-moving space object within 4.65 million miles is classified by NASA as “potentially dangerous” by cautious space organizations.
According to scientists, it would take about a year for a robotic spacecraft to enter orbit around the asteroid 4660 Nereus.