Get ready with your hard hats folks because an asteroid will fly past Earth and it’ll come extremely near to our planet but with zero chance of it striking us.
The asteroid has just been monitored for some decades, and that’s why there is still a huge doubt about the distance, the asteroid will fly past Earth, as its exact orbital parameters aren’t known. Nevertheless, astronomers have now been ready to basically eliminate the opportunity of a direct impact, either now or on possible flybys.
Once the asteroid swings again around on September 28, 2017, it will only have 1 out of 250 million chances of hitting us, while additional flybys in 2046 and 2097 have actually lower likelihood of a direct impact.
The likelihood of collision on any of the three potential flyby dates are way too little to become of any actual problem. I totally anticipate any potential findings to much more lessen the likelihood,” explained Paul Chodas, manager of NASA’s Center for NEO Studies (CNEOS) in California.
The asteroid is approximately twice the size of the Chelyabinsk meteor that erupted over Russia in February 2013, calculating approximately 30 yards (100-feet) in diameter. NASA stated it’d create an airburst around twice the power as Chelyabinsk, which killed windows and hurt thousands in Russia if – and only if – the asteroid would enter the Earth’s atmosphere.
Although we’re not in danger at this juncture, this asteroid does emphasize the expanding need for us to monitor near-Earth objects, and also to have appropriate defenses ready,in case there happens to be a crash course. NASA had set a brand new asteroid protection workplace up to better monitor dangerous asteroids, and there are certainly a number are of ideas in the works – some are utilizing (if we actually have to) nuclear explosions, just to deflect an asteroid.
But for now, you can all sleep soundly.