(ORDO NEWS) — NASA reports that an asteroid is approaching Earth at high speed. It will fly by the Earth at a record distance of 445,800 km and at some point will be as close to the planet as the Moon.
Another approach may also take place in the coming days, but with another space object.
Today, September 21, very close by cosmic standards, an asteroid will fly past the Earth. Its speed is five times higher than the speed of a hypersonic missile.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory confirmed information about not one, but two convergences at once. The asteroids were named 2022 SAI and 2022 SR2.
Fortunately for Earthlings, asteroids are not so large as to threaten the planet. 2022 SAI is 24-55 meters in diameter, no larger than the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
2022 SR2 is much smaller in size, its length is no more than 15 meters. By cosmic standards, these specimens are just grains of sand in the sea.
The one that flies more at a speed of 14.10 km/sec, which is 15 times faster than the speed of sound. The asteroid moves slightly less at a higher speed, about 21.78 km/sec, which is 63 times the speed of sound.
A person simply will not be able to notice them with the naked eye in the sky. But the phenomenon can be well observed in a telescope, which is what astronomers do.
Scientists reassured with their conclusions that asteroids should not be feared, despite such a close distance.
Because of their small size, they would still burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere if they were headed straight for the planet.
Hitting satellites is also excluded. Asteroids often move toward the Earth, and there have been much larger ones. Scientists calculate their trajectories in time and know in advance what to expect.
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