(ORDO NEWS) — Asteroid 1989 JA will approach our planet at a distance of 40 thousand kilometers.
A potentially dangerous asteroid measuring 1.8 kilometers will approach Earth in May. A close passage of the asteroid at a speed of 47,196 kilometers is expected at the end of this month, more precisely on May 29.
Despite the fact that the asteroid will fly past the Earth, NASA classifies the alien object as potentially dangerous.
Discovered in 1989 at the Palomar Observatory, 1989 JA can be viewed with binoculars.
The asteroid will approach our planet at a distance of about 40 thousand kilometers, which is dangerously close for the passage of an object of the above size.
The last time it came this close to Earth was in 1996, when the asteroid streaked past the planet from a distance of just over four million kilometers.
The next time an object of the Apollo asteroid group will approach Earth is in September 2029. It will then make two more flights in 2055 and 2062.
Asteroids are rocky fragments left over from the formation of the solar system about 4.6 billion years ago. According to NASA, the asteroid is classified as a near-Earth object.
The last such large asteroid to approach Earth was 138971 (2001 CB21), which was 1.3 kilometers wide. The object approached the Earth at 49 thousand kilometers on March 4, 2022. The object is currently on its way to the Sun.
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