The Physical Environment

Asteroids and Near Earth Objects

What is a Near Earth Object (NEO)

A Near Earth Object is any object in space that is relatively close to Earth and is of any size. The difference between an NEO and a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA) is that PHAs are anything larger than 500 feet (150 meters) in diameter and have orbits that bring them closer than 4,650,000 miles (7,480,000 kilometers) to Earth. All PHAs are also NEOs, but not all NEOs are PHAs.


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