US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — An asteroid of incredible size is heading towards Earth, which will again return to the planet after a while. The speed of the celestial body reaches 13 kilometers per second and it will fly to the minimum distance to our planet on June 24.
The space object was named 441987 2010 NY65. Its dimensions reach 228 kilometers. For the first time, experts noticed this asteroid on July 14, 2010. It is worth noting that it flies around the Sun in about the same time as our planet – in 366 days. Next time it will be possible to consider this object with the help of telescopes on June 25 next year.
On June 24, 2020, a space object will fly past our planet at a distance of 3.76 million kilometers. By next year, the distance will increase almost twice. An interesting fact is that the asteroid will be able to twice stop the orbit of our planet.
At the moment, we are not talking about any threat to the Earth, but nevertheless, based on the size of the asteroid, NASA classified it as potentially dangerous.
A space object is being closely monitored, and specialists are studying the possible risks. It is worth noting that all asteroids whose diameter exceeds 140 meters and which fly to our planet at a distance of less than 7.5 million kilometers can potentially threaten the Earth.
A very important event for astronomers will happen in mid-April 2029. Asteroid Apophis, whose dimensions reach 340 meters, will fly at a minimum distance to our planet – only 31 thousand kilometers. It is worth paying attention that this is almost 12 times less than the distance to the moon.
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