Scientists on Saturday were able to observe what NASA had categorized as a “potentially hazardous” asteroid the size of an airplane passing within 100,000 miles — about half the distance to the moon — of Earth.
But fear not, former NASA astronaut Jose Hernandez reassured, citing a recent experiment.
The rocky-surfaced asteroid, which orbits the sun about every three years, “is a big deal, but not too big of a deal,” according to Hernandez, president and CEO of Tierra Luna Engineering.
“This trajectory is well known … so we’re pretty sure of the trajectory,” Hernandez told “NewsNation Prime.”
Watch the full interview in the player above.