A 65-foot asteroid is ready shoot previous the Earth at 26,843mph in a detailed flyby altitude of simply 107,850 miles. Worryingly, NASA’s house rock hunters solely noticed the asteroid a few week in the past.
Asteroid 2019 VD was first picked up by NASA asteroid trackers on October 25, that means that they had little time to crunch the numbers and assess the risk degree.
The house rock is roughly the identical dimension because the notorious Chelyabinsk meteor which exploded within the skies above Russia, inflicting widespread harm to 7,200 buildings and injuring over 1,000 folks.
Fortunately, NASA’s Heart for Close to-Earth Object Research (CNEOS) decided that, whereas it will likely be a detailed shave, 2019 VD shouldn’t be anticipated to hit the Earth, passing its closest level to Earth at 4:44am ET, having handed by the Moon at a distance of 158,100 miles (254,437km) at 1:17am ET.
The typical distance between Earth and the Moon is about 238,900 miles (384,472km) so this flyby shall be lower than half that distance, making it a detailed name however not the closest we’ve had not too long ago.
A Halloween night time flyby got here inside 3,852 miles (6,199km) of Earth, passing beneath telecom satellite tv for pc vary, although fortunately lacking our environment and harmlessly occurring its means again out into house.
2019 VD is an Apollo-type asteroid which implies it has a a lot greater potential of being ‘Earth-crossing’, intersecting our orbit across the Solar, although its personal orbit takes roughly 1,477 days, or about 4 years.
Resulting from its eventual flyby of different bigger planets like Jupiter, whose gravity will alter its course, it will doubtless be each the primary and final go to 2019 VD will make to this a part of the photo voltaic system for a while.
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