- A 180-foot asteroid called 2020 VZ6 will be zipping by Earth Thursday
- The asteroid will be closer to the planet than the moon at one point during its flyby
- The space rock has not been included in the European Space Agency’s Risk List
A 180-foot asteroid will be zipping by Earth at a very close distance this week, according to NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS).
A near-Earth asteroid (NEA) called 2020 VZ6 is currently making its way toward Earth’s vicinity and is set to make its closest approach to the planet Thursday. With a diameter reaching 180 feet (55 meters), this asteroid is estimated to be as tall as the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy. The freestanding bell tower has a height of about 185 feet (56 meters).
The NEA’s size isn’t the most interesting part about it. 2020 VZ6, according to the CNEOS’ close