(ORDO NEWS) — A potentially dangerous space rock is approaching the Earth, which, according to calculations, will rush past our planet. The diameter of the asteroid is 0.8-1.7 kilometers, it will also be the largest asteroid that will approach us in 2021.
The body, codenamed 231937 (2001 FO32), will fly two million kilometers on March 21. The distance is close enough, changing the flight path can lead to dire consequences. According to the assurances of representatives of NASA, there is still no reason for concern.
Potentially dangerous objects include space debris with a diameter of 140 meters and at a distance of up to 7.5 million kilometers. Experts from the Office for the Coordination of Planetary Defense noted that asteroids fly between the Earth and the Moon at least twice a month, some burn up in the planet’s air envelope.
The asteroid we are discussing was noticed as early as 03/23/2001. Since then, astronomers have been closely monitoring the body, whose speed reaches a record 124 thousand km / h. According to various estimates, in the next century not a single asteroid poses a threat to our planet.
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