They discover an asteroid that will pass near Earth within hours

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Described as an asteroid slightly larger than the size of a bus, the rock will approach and pass close to Earth (90,000 km away). This Thursday. To give us an idea of ​​the distance, it would be about 23% of the average distance between the Earth and the Moon.

Scientists, called 2022 NF, said its approach is not dangerous to our planet after calculations made at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

Discovered by the Pan-STARRS astronomical survey in Hawaii on July 4, the asteroid is about 7 meters wide and can be seen in The Virtual Telescope Project (VTP) live broadcast.

More data. Their size may not be particularly impressive (NASA discovers more than 1,500 new near-Earth objects each year), but the small asteroids are indeed the best example of how well the NEO observatories have worked in years past.

Very Close Encounter of Near-Earth Asteroid 2022 NF: Online Monitoring – July 6, 2022

According to NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), 90 percent of near-Earth objects larger than 1 km (the ones that should interest us most) are already tracked, so the focus is now on tracking everyone over 140. meters.

En cuanto al streaming en vivo, comenzará este jueves a las 5 p. m. ET (9 p. m. UTC de esta noche) y la roca espacial aparecerá como una pequeña mancha brillante zumbando a través de las estrellas.

No está de más, si alguien tiene cierta preocupación, recordar que actualmente no hay objetos conocidos con trayectorias que “eliminen” la Tierra, aunque por supuesto es mejor estar preparado. Como dice la NASA: “La defensa planetaria es encontrar asteroides antes de que nos encuentren a nosotros”. [LiveScience]

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