“Potentially dangerous”: asteroid the size of a blue whale will pass “close” to Earth this Friday
Quite often, the American space agency, Nasa, alerts asteroids discovered in space that are going in a direction close to planet Earth. The most recent is the 2015 FF that will have its approach to our planet for this Friday, August 12.
According to the NASA report, the diameter of this space rock is between 13 and 28 meters, and when it is closest to Earth, it will approach about 4.3 million kilometers (4,283,780 to be exact) from our planet, according to estimates by space scientists who in their explanation pointed out that this distance is a little more than eight times the average distance between the Earth and the Moon.
Although it can be perceived as a phenomenon far from Earth, it is enough to look at the Solar System from a greater distance to conclude that we are still talking about the close passage of an asteroid with respect to our planet.
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Observation of the asteroid by NASA
NASA marks any space object found within 120 million miles (193 million km) of Earth as a “near-Earth object” and any fast-moving object within 4.65 million miles (7.5 million km) is classified as “potentially dangerous”, specialized media point out.
After the agency will identify the space object, astronomers monitor them closely, looking for any deviation from their predicted trajectorieslike an unexpected bounce off another asteroid, which could put them on a devastating collision course with Earth.
About this asteroid the estimates are that it will not affect the normal orbit of the Earth.
Nowadays, NASA is tracking more than 28,000 such objects that could endanger our planet.