Will Asteroid 2016 BQ Impact Earth?
There is some chance that you have reached this page because of some news stating that there is a significant risk that Asteroid 2016 BQ will hit the Earth in the near future. Asteroid 2016 BQ is in fact known as a Near Earth Object (or NEO), i.e. an asteroid whose orbit is close to intersect Earth's orbit. These asteroids are monitored very closely and, thanks to high precision position observations and celestial mechanic computations, their orbit is usually known with a high level of precision.
In fact, considering the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid 2016 BQ with the Earth is happening on Saturday 14 August 2021 at 14:14 UTC time. At that time the closest distance between Asteroid 2016 BQ and the Earth is 1,674,716 kilometers, which is a distance equivalent to 4.3559 Lunar Distances, or 262.87 Earth Radii.