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NASA asteroid warning: 210-foot asteroid on Earth approaches 37,000 miles per hour tomorrow | Science | news



The asteroid, called NASA Asteroid 2019 BJ1, will perform the so-called “Earth rapprochement”. NASA astronomers expect an impressive asteroid to fly past the planet on the evening of January 30th. Asteroid experts at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) tomorrow determined to fly to 6.41 pm GMT (UTC). During this flight, the Asteroid BJ1 will reach a maximum speed of about 37,446.3 miles per hour or 16.74 km per second.

When this happens, the 220-foot-wide space rock will reach its maximum possible orbital distance to the planet.

Fortunately, there is nothing to fear from approaching an asteroid, since it will miss the Earth for more than 800,000 miles (1.3 million km).

Despite this, NASA astronomers will continue to keep their eyes open as the asteroid flies past.

NASA JPL estimates that the asteroid BJ1 has a diameter between 95 and 210 feet (29 and 64 meters) in diameter.

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NASA asteroid warning: giant space rock above the Earth

NASA asteroid warning: massive space rock fly past Earth on Wednesday (Image: GETTY)

At the top of this estimate, the space stone is about 30 times longer than the Queen Size bed and 15 times longer than the Volkswagen Beetle.

Even at an altitude of 95 feet (29 m), the space stone is still 3.5 times as long as the red double-decker bus.

It is known that smaller asteroids cause significant damage upon impact on the Earth.

In 2013, an asteroid 65.6 feet wide (20 m), called the Chelyabinsk Meteor, slipped past Earth's asteroid radar and flared in the atmosphere.

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As a result of an explosion in the air over the Chelyabinsk region, Russia, as a result of an explosion in the air over the Chelyabinsk region more than 1000 people suffered.

Near-Earth objects can sometimes come close to the ground.

NASA

After the attack on the asteroid, NASA stated: "The explosion released the energy of the atomic bomb, which destroyed Hiroshima more than 30 times."

A NASA planetary defense officer, Lindley Johnson, called the asteroid's impact "cosmic awakening" about the dangers lurking in the depths of space.

Fortunately, the chances of Asteroid BJ1 crashing into our home world are extremely low tomorrow.

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But the asteroid was still called by NASA the “near-Earth object” (NEO).

NASA explained: “When they revolve around the sun, near-earth objects can sometimes approach the Earth.

"Please note that the astronomically" close "passage can be very far in human terms: millions or even tens of millions of kilometers."

The closest BJ1 will approach Earth with 0.00880 astronomical units or 3.42 Lunar distances (LD).

NASA asteroid warning: giant space rock above the Earth

NASA asteroid warning: giant space rock safely pass the Earth without hitting (Image: GETTY)

NASA asteroid warning: giant space rock above the Earth

NASA asteroid warning: asteroid will again approach Earth in January 2060 (Image: GETTY)

One astronomical unit measures an incredible 93 million miles (149.6 million km) – the distance from Earth to the Sun.

Asteroid BJ1 will reduce this distance tomorrow to 818,011 miles (1.316 million Km).

This is equivalent to 3.42 times the distance between the moon and the earth.

After the asteroid flies past our planet, NASA expects that on January 13, 2060 BJ1 will take another close approach


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