This Valentine’s Day, there’s a potentially hazardous asteroid that may provide a convenient excuse for those looking to dodge plans. 2024 BR4, discovered this year, is estimated to be between 100 and 300 meters in size, making it a dangerous object. However, there is still much uncertainty regarding its composition and potential effects on the planet if it were to collide with Earth. Despite this, the asteroid is not expected to come close to our planet for a long time, with its closest approach on Valentine’s Day estimated to be 4.6 million kilometers away, or 12 times the average distance of the Moon.
Despite its potential hazards, the detection of the asteroid has actually demonstrated how far surveys have come in identifying potentially dangerous objects and ensuring the safety of our planet. The fact that it went undetected when it passed Earth at 14 lunar distances in 2011 highlights the significant progress that has been made in asteroid surveys in recent years. Although not likely to cause widespread destruction, it could provide an opportunity for those looking for an excuse to cancel plans on Valentine’s Day.