The asteroid, 2001 FO32, is assessed to be around 3,000 feet in the distance across and was found 20 years prior, NASA said.
The biggest asteroid to pass by Earth this year will approach inside some 1.25 million miles (2,000,000 kilometers) of our planet on March 21, NASA said Thursday.
The US space office said it will permit cosmologists to get an uncommon close glance at an asteroid.
The asteroid, 2001 FO32, is assessed to be around 3,000 feet in measurement and was found 20 years prior, NASA said.
An asteroid that formed at the dawn of our solar system will zoom safely past Earth on March 21. The object, called 2001 FO32, will be about 1.25M miles (2M km) away from our planet, but it’ll provide astronomers a rare chance to examine the rocky relic. https://t.co/UQYBFPuIHz pic.twitter.com/WrYZB3Wyno
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“We know the orbital path of 2001 FO32 around the Sun precisely,” said Paul Chodas, head of the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies. “There is zero chance the asteroid will draw any nearer to Earth than 1.25 million miles.”
That is generally 5.25 occasions the distance of the Earth from the Moon yet at the same time close enough for 2001 FO32 to be named a “possibly risky asteroid.”
NASA said 2001 FO32 will pass by at around 77,000 miles each hour faster than the speed at which most asteroids experience Earth.
“Right now, little is thought about this item, so the exceptionally close experience gives a remarkable chance to gain proficiency with an extraordinary arrangement about this asteroid,” said Lance Benner, head researcher at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
NASA said cosmologists desire to improve comprehension of the asteroid’s size and a harsh thought of its organization by concentrating light reflecting off its surface.
“At the point when daylight hits an asteroid’s surface, minerals in the stone retain a few frequencies while reflecting others,” NASA said. “By considering the range of light reflecting off the surface, space experts can gauge the substance ‘fingerprints of the minerals on the outside of the asteroid.”
Novice space experts in certain pieces of the globe ought to have the option to direct their own perceptions.
“The asteroid will be most brilliant while it travels through southern skies, Chodas said.
“Novice stargazers in the southern half of the globe and at low northern scopes ought to have the option to see this asteroid utilizing moderate size telescopes with openings of in any event eight crawls in the evenings paving the way to nearest approach, however, they will presumably require star graphs to discover it.”
NASA said in excess of 95% of close Earth asteroids the size of 2001 FO32 or bigger have been indexed and none of them gets an opportunity of affecting our planet throughout the following century.
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