A “potentially hazardous asteroid” called 2002 AJ129 is set to zip Earth at a massive 67,000 miles per hour next month– however there is no have to fret, researchers state.
The 0.7-mile long body ─ bigger than the tallest building on Earth, Dubai’s half-mile high Burj Khalifa high-rise building ─ will rocket past our world onFeb 4 by 2.6 million miles, providing it no possibility of striking us.
Potentiallyhazardous asteroids, or PHAs, are not unusual. According to a 2013 report on NASA’s site, there are over 1,000 PHAs out there and potentially more yet to be found.
MASSIVE, 3-MILE-WIDE ‘POSSIBLY HAZARDOUS ASTEROID’ WILL ZOOM PAST EARTH TOMORROW
PHAs are specified by NASA as Near-EarthAsteroids “whose Minimum Orbit Intersection Distance (MOID) with the Earth is 0.05 [in astronomical units] or less and whose absolute magnitude is 22.0 or brighter.”
One huge system is 149,597,870,700 meters (around 93 million miles), or around the typical range in between the Earth and the Sun.
2002 AJ129 is anticipated to be the biggest and fastest area challenge whiz past the Earth in 2018, inning accordance with the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Astronomers nearly all concur that no PHA-sized asteroid, especially those of the near-Earth range, will struck our world over the next 100 years. However, Paul Chodas, Paul Chodas, Manager of the NASA NEO Program Office at JPL, stated there are 46 that might possibly strike within the next 100 years. “Those are the ones we need to pay attention to and we’re tracking them,” Chodas informed Fox News in a phone interview.
He included that these asteroids have around a 1 in 10 million possibility of striking theEarth If among this size were to strike us, it might trigger some major damage.
When talking about the 3-mile broad 3200 Phaethon, which flew past Earth in mid-December, Boston University astronomy teacher Michael Mendillo informed Time that an asteroid of this size “would be this type of things that would trigger a disastrous accident, must there be one,” prior to including that it is extremely not likely.
In addition to the previously mentioned 3200 Phaethon and 2002 AJ129, Earth has actually had some close-calls with huge area rocks in current months.
InAugust 2017, a 2.7-mile broad asteroid called Florence gone by Earth at a safe range of 4.4 million miles, approximately 18 times the range in between Earth and the moon. And in October, 2012 TC4, an area rock approximated to determine in between 50 and 100 feet, passed securely past Earth by 26,000 miles and was utilized to test Earth’s global caution network.
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If an asteroid were to ever threaten the Earth, NASA has a strategy to combat it off.
InJune, the firm revealed a video utilizing 3-D modeling methods and among its supercomputers in an effort to produce simulations on a range of asteroid effect situations.
The work is being done by specialists on the Asteroid Threat Assessment Project at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing center at Ames Research Center in California’s SiliconValley The efforts remain in combination with NASA’s Planetary Defense CoordinationOffice
The research study has actually been shown a variety of various celebrations, consisting of university researchers, nationwide research study laboratories and various federal government firms.
The work follows an asteroid accident in 2013 in the Russian city ofChelyabinsk The blast from the asteroid hurt more than 1,200 individuals and harmed structures 58 miles away.
Separately, in 2016, NASA opened a brand-new workplace to track asteroids and comets that come too near Earth, called the Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO).
NASA has actually been studying Near-EarthObjects (NEOs) considering that the 1970 s. According to the PDCO, NASA-funded study jobs have actually discovered more than 95 percent of the recognized brochure of over 15,000 NEOs.
FoxNews’ James Rogers added to this report. Follow Chris Ciaccia on Twitter@Chris_Ciaccia This story has actually been upgraded to keep in mind one huge system is 149 billion meters, not miles.