The biggest asteroid of 2021 to get closer to Earth news from space
Scientists are advising people not to panic because the giant boulder, which does not pose a threat to the planet, is getting closer on Sunday.
The largest asteroid to sweep Earth this year will make its closest approach on Sunday.
But scientists have told people not to panic because it poses no threat to the planet.
The giant space rock that researchers call 2001 FO32 is several hundred meters in diameter and will approach Earth at a distance of about two million kilometers (1.2 million miles), the space agency said. American NASA.
This distance is more than five times the distance from Earth to the Moon.
“It’s stable, it’s not on a risky trajectory,” Detlef Koschny, an asteroid expert at the European Space Agency, told the dpa news agency, adding that the celestial object will be available for be viewed by amateur astronomers with the appropriate equipment.
“We know very precisely the orbital path of the FO32 2001 around the sun, because it was discovered 20 years ago and has been tracked ever since,” said Paul Chodas, director of the Center for Near Earth Object Studies, which is managed by NASA jet. Propulsion laboratory in Southern California.
This particular asteroid, which circles the sun once every 810 days, will fly over Earth at a speed of around 124,000 km / h (77,000 mph).
After its harmless Sunday visit, 2001 FO32 will continue its solitary journey, not approaching Earth again until 2052, NASA said.
Scientists plan to use the flyby to study the asteroid more closely.
“We don’t know much about it,” Koschny said, adding that a close look at FO32 2001 will help astronomers working on asteroid deflection projects.