A large asteroid the size of the world’s tallest building – Burj Khalifa – will fly by the Earth next month. On February 4, the object under the designation 2002 AJ129 will approach the Earth for a distance of 4.2 million km. The speed of its movement will be 107.8 thousand km / h.
Last month, a representative of NASA said that as of the end of December, there are 17,495 near-Earth objects. 17389 of them are asteroids. Last year, 1985 new near-Earth asteroids were discovered. In 2016, scientists discovered 1888 such objects, in 2015 – 1571 objects.