An asteroid, named NASA Asteroid 2019 JN2, lightningly traveled for Earth on the "Near Approach to Earth" trajectory. NASA said that the asteroid flew on our home planet in the morning hours (Wednesday, May 15). The closest, cosmic rock was approaching the Earth about 3.15 AM BST (2.15 AM UTC). When it happened, the asteroid reached a terrible speed of about 6.77 km / s or 15,144 km / h.
Asteroid JN2 is the so-called "Ground Object" or the NEO Asteroid
. Asteroids that rotate around the Sun with a maximum distance of 120.8 million km.
These rocky rotations revolve around the inner circles of the solar system without passing through the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
] NEOs, like the JN2 asteroid, sometimes cross the orbit of the Sun.
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But was there anything to fear today's span of Asteroid JN2?
Fortunately, you are likely to be asleep today because NASA's asteroid trackers at the California Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) did not expect any cataclysm
At its closest asteroid JN2 approached the Earth from a distance of 0.01
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the average distance from Earth to the Sun is approximately 93 million km.
This means that the asteroid JN2 passed over our heads at a distance of 1.68 million km (2.7 million km) from the Earth.
In other words, space rock flown from 7.04 moon distances (LD) or slightly more than seven times as much as the moon.
NASA said: "As they are the orbit of the Sun, Earth's objects can sometimes be closer to Earth.
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The close passage astronomically can be very far in human terms: millions or
Asteroid JN2 is an asteroid of the Apollo type, that is, it has an orbit similar to the 1860 Apollo asteroid.
The space rock is measured somewhere in the range of 65.6 feet to 144.3 feet (20-44 meters) in diameter.
After the current span, the asteroid will once again visit Earth on the morning of April 18, 2020.