Amateur astronomer discovered large asteroid passed by Earth this week

An orbit diagram for the near-Earth asteroid 2020 QU6, which drew closer to Earth on September 10, 2020. (Image credit: NASA / JPL)

An amateur Brazilian astronomer on Thursday discovered a “potentially dangerous” asteroid safely passing near Earth this week (sept 10).

The asteroid, called the 2020 QU6, measures about 3,280 feet (1,000 m) wide, or a large catastrophe, if it hits the Earth. However, it did not pose any risk to our planet because it traveled more than 20 million miles (40 million kilometers) from the planet, which according to a statement, is 100 times greater than the distance between the Earth and the Moon. Planetary Society.