On Sunday, the Earth will be visited by a rather large asteroid. Known as the Asteroid 2019 LC5, this particular rock rock was discovered only earlier this year, but is often traveling through our corner of space.
The first spotted at the end of May, space rock is classified as a Near Earth Object (NEO). As such, it has been closely watched by NASA's Center for Earthquake Research (CNEOS), which closely follows its trajectory and its proximity to Planet Earth.
As CNEOS explains, NEOs are celestial objects, such as comets or asteroids, "who have been driven by the gravitational attraction of nearby planets into orbits that allow them to enter the earthly neighborhood."
" that a "close" astronomical passage can be very far away in human life. terms: millions or even tens of millions of miles. "
After observing the orbital path of the asteroid over the past 1
The remarkable thing about the asteroid 2019 LC5 is that it regularly swings from Earth twice. one year – once in late June and once in early November. And according to a recent JPL report, the site is expected to be its first two-year flight to Earth this weekend.
Data published earlier this week by JPL show that attero 2019 LC5 will make a close approach to Earth tomorrow afternoon.
It is believed that the cosmic rock is measured everywhere between 105 feet and 233 feet in width and will rotate for its close encounter with Earth at 5:18. ET on June 23.
During its closest approach to the surface of the planet, the asteroid will be crashing into space with a crash speed of over 24,700 miles per hour. Although an object of such magnitude and speed can cause serious concern, if it goes too close for comfort, NASA assures that tomorrow's flight will be completely safe.
In fact, the asteroid will innocently pass us along a considerable distance to the surface of the planet, coming just 3.2 million miles from Earth. To put this in perspective, this is about 14 times the distance between the Earth and the Moon.
After a few months, the asteroid 2019 LC5 will return to its second visit for the year. It is expected that its next overflight on Planet Earth will occur on November 1 and will only bring the space rock within 35.7 million miles of the Earth's surface.
Interestingly, the object follows the same pattern each year when it moves in the corner of a solar system. His summer flies take him much closer to Planet Earth than his next autumn visits. This was the case with recent meetings last year.
The same will happen in 2022, when the asteroid 2019 LC5 will come for another set of two-year visits.