Massive Asteroid Passes by Earth: What We Learned from 2001 FO32's Flyby

On March 21, a massive asteroid passed by Earth, measuring 1.5 miles wide.

The asteroid was named 2001 FO32 and was classified as a "potentially hazardous" asteroid.

Despite its size, the asteroid posed no threat to Earth during its flyby.

2001 FO32 came within 1.25 million miles of Earth, which is about five times the distance to the moon.

The asteroid was first discovered 20 years ago and has been closely monitored by scientists ever since.

Its next close approach to Earth will be in 2052, but it will pass by at a much greater distance.

The flyby provided scientists with an opportunity to study the asteroid's composition and other characteristics.

NASA used radar to get a detailed look at the asteroid and gather data on its shape, size, and surface features.

The study of asteroids like 2001 FO32 is important for understanding the origins of our solar system and the potential threats that asteroids could pose to Earth in the future.