03-25-2020 Overflight of an asteroid over Earth EUROPE SPAIN POLICY RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY NASA / JPL-Caltech

More than a kilometer measures the asteroid that will pass the Earth’s fence next week, and although it is expected to pass far enough, due to its size and proximity of its flight around the planet, meets the requirements to be defined as a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA) by the NASA. Anyway, there is no risk that 7482 (1994 PC1), the name of the space mass, will impact our planet.

Next January 18 will be the day that asteroid 7482 will be closest to Earth, according to NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies.

It measures a little more than a kilometer and moves at more than 19 km / hour through space; it will pass almost two million kilometers from our planet.

This object has been observed for over forty years and it is the closest step, for this particular object, in about 200 years (…) Objects of this size, if they were to collide with the Earth, would generate an important event, but it would not be catastrophic or risky for life on the planet ”, comment to THE NATION César Fuentes, academic in the Astronomy department of the University of Chile and researcher at the Center of Excellence in Astrophysics and Related Technologies (CATA). Anyway ensures that the step of 7482 is not so close for this to happen.

03-25-2020 Overflight of an asteroid over Earth EUROPE SPAIN POLICY RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY NASA / JPL-Caltech

The teacher and University of Illinois astronomer Leslie Looney told Newsweek that “any object over 140 meters in diameter can cause greater damage to cities and coasts, so any nearby object with orbits that crosses the orbit of the Earth is classified as potentially dangerous.”

He also explained to the American media that none of the objects in space monitored by NASA should “impact Earth for the next 100 years”. In any case, says the scientist, they continue to observe their orbits for any change.

NASA does its part monitoring through the Planetary Defense Coordination Office. They also launched the Dart mission, the first planetary defense test developed to change the course of an asteroid in conjunction with SpaceX.

The US space agency classifies asteroids on a list of importance according to the risk they pose to humanity and the planet. The last asteroid included in the list is the “2022 AE1″, Which was actually discovered only a couple of days ago, on January 6, and that will pass close to earth on July 4, 2023.

According Newsweek, for 17 years, the asteroid that was number 1 on the list o Sentry Risk Table it was the asteroid “Apophis” or the “God of Chaos”. The 340-meter-wide body will pass 30,000 kilometers from Earth, a very close step if you consider that it can be visible to the naked eye from our planet.

According to NASA, asteroids are “Rocky remains that remained in the initial formation of our Solar System”. According to the agency, until July 2021 1,097,148 of them had been known to exist.

12-10-2021 This image shows 42 of the largest objects in the asteroid belt, located between Mars and Jupiter.  Most measure more than 100 kilometers, with Ceres and Vesta being the largest asteroids, measuring 940 and 520 kilometers in diameter.  RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY ESO
12-10-2021 This image shows 42 of the largest objects in the asteroid belt, located between Mars and Jupiter. Most measure more than 100 kilometers, with Ceres and Vesta being the largest asteroids, measuring 940 and 520 kilometers in diameter. RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY ESO

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