Friday , December 4 2020

An asteroid will pass closer to the ground than the distance between our planet and the moon

The size of the asteroid is between 18 and 40 meters, between 1.5 and 2 times larger than the famous car Chelyabinsk.

A large-scale asteroid recently discovered will fly this week in relative proximity to Earth, reports NASA's Near-Earth Objects Studies Center. The asteroid, designated 2019 EA2, was first seen on March 9, 2019.

According to researchers from the researchers, the closest approach to our planet will take place on March 22. The celestial body will pass at a distance of 306,171 kilometers from Earth, that is, it will come closer to Earth's orbit.

Preliminary estimates show that the asteroid size is between 18 and 40 meters or approximately between 1.5 and 2 times larger than the famous Chelyabinsk racing car. According to the observations, the speed of the asteroid relative to Earth is quite reduced: & # 39; only & # 39; 5.37 km pr. Second.

NASA experts point out that this will be the closest approach to the asteroid 2019 EA2 to the Earth in 112 years. The next approach with our planet takes place in March 2131.

"A common phenomenon"

For its part, the scientific director of the Institute of Astronomy of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Boris Shustov, described the asteroid 2019 EA2 as uninteresting for professional astronomers, according to RIA Novosti.

"For us, this is not an event [excepcional]but a common phenomenon, "the researcher said." Bodies from 10 to 60 meters in size fly closer [de la Tierra] the circuit of the moon 10 times a year. They are big bodies, and the smallest fly more often … If I had flown 20,000 miles it would be interesting ".

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