On Sunday, the biggest asteroid this yr flew by Earth at 77,000 mph.
“We all know the orbital path of 2001 FO32 across the Solar very precisely, because it was found 20 years in the past and has been tracked ever since,” stated Paul Chodas, director of the Middle for Close to Earth Object Research (CNEOS), which is managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California. “There isn’t a likelihood the asteroid will get any nearer to Earth than 1.25 million miles.”
The asteroid, which completes one orbit each 810 days, reached its closest level on Sunday, however nonetheless the rock was greater than 5 instances the space between Earth and the Moon.
The shut name will permit scientific examine of the asteroid.
Stated Lance Benner, principal scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory: “At the moment little is understood about this object, so the very shut encounter gives an excellent alternative to study an important deal about this asteroid.”
Fortunate stargazers could witness the go to.
“The asteroid will likely be brightest whereas it strikes by southern skies,” stated Chodas. “Newbie astronomers within the southern hemisphere and at low northern latitudes ought to be capable of see this asteroid utilizing average measurement telescopes with apertures of at the very least 8 inches within the nights main as much as closest method, however they may in all probability want star charts to search out it.”