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The largest asteroid to graze the Earth in 2021 will pass next week

The largest asteroid to graze the Earth in 2021 will pass next week

Only the southern hemisphere can observe this asteroid, like Chile here. (Drawing) – Martin Bernetti / AFP

Is too large Asteroid The Earth will pass past grazing in 2021 ஞாய Sunday, March 21 is about two million kilometers away from us – without the risk of collision, but allowing astronomers to study this celestial body very closely. Is called
2001 FO32, And measuring less than a kilometer in diameter, orbiting at 124,000 km per hour, “faster than most asteroids” approaching Earth.

“There is no danger of a collision with our planet,” the US space agency added. At its closest, the asteroid is five times the distance between the Earth and the Moon. According to official categories, it is close to being classified as “dangerous”. The asteroid was discovered in March 2001 and has been in orbit ever since.

There is no danger in the next century

“Currently, not much is known about this substance, so this intimate passage offers an incredible opportunity to learn a lot about it,” said Lance Benner, a scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Closer to Earth (CNEOS). By studying the light reflected from its surface, researchers can, for example, get a better idea of ​​its composition.

“Amateur astronomers in the southern hemisphere and lower northern latitudes can see the asteroid using moderate-sized telescopes,” CNOS director Paul Sodas was quoted as saying in a statement. NASA assures that none of the major asteroids listed are likely to crash into Earth in the next century, and that what is yet to be discovered is unlikely to do so. However, he adds that “we can gather more information about these objects, and one of them can be prepared by the best task designers to divert them if they ever threaten the earth.”



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