An asteroid You will pass near the ground This Sunday. According to scientists, there is no risk of collision. He will be the largest to approach Earth in the entire 2021 year.
The orb adopted 2001 FO32 I will go to About two million kilometers from Earth. It has a diameter of less than a kilometer and travels at a speed of 124,000 km / h. “Faster than most asteroids” orbiting near Earth, According to NASA. His path is “well known and sufficiently regular”, by which, Experts from Paris-PSL ruled out any risk.
The rocky body will reach the point of closest approach to our planet This Sunday at 16:02 GMT. Then it will be 2,016,158 km from Earth, that is, about Five times the distance between the Earth and the Moon.
And the US space agency stated that “there is no danger of colliding with our planet.” Its course is “well known and sufficiently regulated” to rule out any danger, Paris-PSL experts guarantee.
However, the asteroid has been classified as a ‘Potentially dangerous’Like all those whose orbit is less than 19.5 times the distance between the Earth and the Moon and greater than 140 meters in diameter.
The Observatory confirms that astronomers from all over the world are “tirelessly pursuing” this category to develop the most comprehensive inventory possible, noting that the first asteroid (And the largest), Ceres, was discovered in 1801.
Asteroid 2001 FO32
The asteroid “2001 FO32” It was discovered in March 2001 His path has been followed ever since. It belongs to the “Apollo” geological asteroid family, which Revolves around the sun in at least a year And they can cross the Earth’s orbit.
“At the moment, we know very little about this object, so this close encounter gives us a wonderful opportunity to learn a lot,” said Lance Penner, a scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which the Center for Near Object Studies relies on. Earth (CNEOS).
According to CNEOS, “astronomers of the Amatyr in the Southern Hemisphere and in the lower northern latitudes should be able to see it.”
“We should see a white point moving like a satellite,” Astronomer added. The path has nothing to do with the trajectory of the stars, very small asteroids that form a bright line dividing the sky in a split second.