- Imminent danger?
- Three asteroids alert experts.
- Bigger than the Empire State Building?
SHOULD YOU WORRY? NASA announced on Thursday that, in a few hours, three asteroids will pass close to the earth almost touching it. The asteroids are expected to pass close to the earth but stay at a safe distance. The arrival of these asteroids was announced at the end of December and it was claimed that they were larger than the Empire State Building.
The space agency has published more information about them, announcing that the size of the asteroids is worrying, but that they hope they will maintain a safe distance from the Earth. Scientists have continued to investigate the possibility of a collision with these bodies and have reported that, at the moment, there is no real danger.
This Thursday, NASA warned the public about how close the three heavenly bodies will be to the earth. The asteroids will pass close to the earth and are believed to be the size of a commercial plane. For this reason, the space agency determined that they will continue to be alert for any changes in their trajectory but that they believe it we are safe.
NASA reported that the three objects will travel at a speed of up to 9,000 miles per hour (14,400 kph), although it is expected that they will not come near the earth and will remain at a safe distance, reported The Sun. So far experts have said that they will continue to monitor the route of the asteroids.
NASA warns Earth about asteroids: How big are they?
One of the largest asteroids that will be skimming the earth is called 2022 AG. This asteroid is expected to be as long as a commercial plane and to measure around 110 meters, according to NASA’s information.
NASA also reported that the closest approach to earth will be 1,990,000 kilometers. One of the things that the space agency hopes is that this rock will make its flyby at 6:30 p.m. on January 14. Meanwhile, two smaller asteroids will approach a little earlier and will be about the size of a house or a school bus. Filed Under: NASA Warns Earth Asteroids
Could they be dangerous?
One thing to consider is that space organizations consider any fast-moving space object that approaches within 4.65 million miles to be “potentially dangerous”, according to The Sun. So far, the space agency has considered it wise to keep the largest asteroid that will pass by the earth under constant surveillance.
If vigilance is not maintained, they could report the arrival of said object too late. It is believed that a small change in their trajectories could spell disaster for Earth. That is why scientists are constantly monitoring and reporting every change they find. Although at the moment there is no risk. Filed Under: NASA Warns Earth Asteroids
Will they pass close to Earth?
At the moment, it is believed that none of the three asteroids represents a great danger to the earth. According to NASA, the closest of them will maintain a distance of 867,000 miles from the Earth. That distance is significantly closer to the Earth than the Moon but no danger is expected.
Simply put, asteroids remain a close but safe distance from Earth and so far the greatest danger could crop up hours before they pass by. For this reason, NASA maintains constant surveillance of objects who orbit close to our planet. Filed Under: NASA Warns Earth Asteroids
Is danger approaching?
The proximity of these heavenly bodies has not caused as much concern as the asteroid that is approaching next week. Astronomers are more concerned with an asteroid more than twice the size of the Empire State Building, the Sun noted. At the moment, the expert information says that there is no danger if the asteroid does not change its route.
NASA believes that its approach will be on January 18. The asteroid has been identified as asteroid 7482 (1994 PC1). It measures around 3,551 feet wide. Therefore, they consider that its size can be compared with that of the Empire State Building and that it could be a concern.
How does the asteroid watch work?
On the official NASA page, they report that the dashboard known as “Asterioid Watch”, tracks asteroids and comets that are close to the earth. All of the necessary information is recorded on this dashboard, such as the date of the approach, the diameter of the object and the relative size of the asteroid in question. Although, its main function is to indicate the distance from the earth.
“The Asteroid Watch Dashboard tracks asteroids and comets that will come relatively close to Earth. The dashboard shows the date of the closest approach, the object’s approximate diameter, relative size, and distance from Earth for each encounter.
How do we know if it is dangerous?
On the dashboard, you can also find information about the next asteroids approaching the Earth. They point out that the prudent distance is 4.6 million miles and that could be compared to 19.5 times more than the distance from Earth to the Moon. If the object is closer, it should be classified as potentially dangerous.
“The dashboard shows the next five asteroids approaching the Earth within 4.6 million miles (7.5 million kilometers or 19.5 times the distance to the Moon). An object greater than 150 meters that can approach the Earth within this distance is called a potentially hazardous object,” NASA pointed out.
Could there be a major collision?
As a result, the possibility of an asteroid the size of the Empire State Building was announced. On social media people have begun to talk about the arrival of the asteroid and say that it could impact the Earth. For this reason, NASA made an important clarification about the collision and pointed out that there is no threat on Earth.
“DONE: There is no known threat from any asteroid for at least the next 100 years. Our Planetary Defense Coordination Office constantly monitors potential threats from asteroids and other Near Earth Objects.
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