A fast asteroid flew past our native planet on the so-called "approach of the Earth" trajectory. NASA scientists named the spectacular Rock Asteroid 2019 FT2 after it was first spotted on March 31st. The nearest possible approach of the Earth to its orbit of the Sun.
Then about 9.51 m BST (8.51pm at UTC), NASA also said that the FT2 took off the Moon from a slightly longer distance.
But how close is the asteroid arrived yesterday?
approach, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California calculated an approach from 0.00604 astronomical units (au).
One astronomical unit is a measure of the distance from the Sun to the Earth, which is approximately 93 million miles (1
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Asteroid FT2 significantly reduced this indicator last night to only 561 543 km
. This is equivalent to a 2.35-fold distance from Earth to the Moon – a unit of measurement known as the Moon Distances (LD).
Later in the evening, the asteroid approached the lunar bullet from a distance of 0.00428au or 397,850.86
And if it was not quite impressive, NASA believes that the space rock falls through space at 27.08 km / sec or 60576 km / h . (19649003)
At this speed and assessment up to 105 feet (32 m) wide, the asteroid is an incredibly huge threat to be aware of.
According to the space agency, on April 5, 2024, FT2 will again approach the Earth, which may be the last time we see the rock
. The asteroid will also wobble on Venus December 20, 2020. an incredible flying asteroid? d "Earth Near Earth" or NEO
All NEO are comets and asteroids in orbital trajectories that cross the Earth's path around the Sun.
Sometimes NEO cross the orbit of Earth from a very close distance and
NASA explained: "The scientific interest in comets and asteroids is largely due to their status as relatively unchanged residues in the formation of the Solar System about 4.6 billion years ago. 19659003] "The gigantic outer planets – Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune – are formed from the agglomeration of billions of comets and left over the bits and pieces of this formation process – these are the comets that we see today.
Asteroids are bits and pieces remaining. from the original agglomeration internal planets that include Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars
The ability to track the asteroid's path with great confidence is also the most important element of the Earth's defense in the case when the asteroid-killer headed directly to us.