An asteroid virtually as large because the Golden Gate Bridge is anticipated to zoom previous Earth later this month.
It is going to be the most important and quickest asteroid to journey by means of our area this yr, however it gained’t get wherever close to shut sufficient to trigger any main worries.
The asteroid — 2001 FO32 — is smaller than the final main one a couple of yr in the past to make a close-ish move, however it will likely be thrice nearer, and much, far sooner, NASA stated in an announcement.
It measures about 1,300 to 2,230 ft vast, and is anticipated to move by Earth — albeit 1.25 million miles away — on March 21. The unusually speedy rock shall be touring 77,000 mph (that’s 21 miles a second).
It’s really shut sufficient be formally thought-about a “close to Earth” asteroid that’s anticipated to supply scientists a superb take a look at a piece of rock that existed on the daybreak of the universe.
“That is the closest predicted method in 2021 for any reasonably giant asteroid, the place ‘reasonably giant’ means a minimum of a number of hundred meters in dimension,” Paul Chodas, the director of the Middle for Close to-Earth Object Research, advised CBS Information.
Outer area followers may simply catch a glimpse of the zoom-by with a yard telescope.
Observers utilizing 8-inch or bigger telescopes would possibly be capable of detect the asteroid zipping in entrance of stars, in response to EarthSky.
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