But it will be about 3.2 million miles from our planet, 13 times farther than the moon, NASA says, so there’s really no reason to worry.
And these types of events are quite normal. Last August, an asteroid was roughly the same size as the 2002 NN4 that passed from Earth, and experts at the time called it moderate in size.
However, the probability of an asteroid actually hitting Earth is rather low – it occurs once every two or three centuries, Johnson said at the time.
Being millions of miles away, this should not be the case with the 2002 NN4. So you can spend the Saturday night relaxing, knowing that an asteroid doesn’t actually come to destroy us. At least today.
The next time 2002 NN4 will be so close to us is in June 2029.