The asteroid 2004 BL86 is all set to flyby the Earth at 8:20 a.m on the 26th of January.
The researchers of Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) project were the first one to discover the asteroid in 2004. Thus far, scientists failed to gather much information regarding the asteroid 2004 BL86. They merely know that the space rock is nearly 900 meter long and one third mile wide.
The asteroid would pass with a distance of 745,000 miles from the Earth on Monday. The distance is nearly triple to the distance of moon from Earth. The asteroid would not return to Earth for the next 200 years.
Unfortunately, the incredible event would only be visible from certain parts of the world. The people of North America and Europe would be lucky enough to get a glimpse of the space rock. The asteroid is expected to reach its highest peak at 8 p.m EST.
However, the space agency advises people to enjoy the moment through a high-sensitive video camera.
Don Yeomans, head of NASA’s Near Earth Object Program Office notifies that it is a once in a 200 years cosmic event. The space rock is equal to the size of a heavy mountain. However, the upcoming encounter does not pose any threat to the Earth
As per the reports of NASA, the images of the cosmic event will provide insight about the origin and composition of the asteroid. Additionally, the asteroid would probably shower some of the life compounds, mineral metals and water on the Earth.