This floating part of the void will enter the vicinity of our planet tomorrow, NASA reported. The ice bouquet of iron and other elements is orbiting Earth, moving forward at 30,900 mph. NASA scientists estimate that the asteroid will travel several million miles from the planet's surface.
The celestial visitor is known as the 2019 TR2 asteroid and was discovered earlier this month, first spotted on October 5th.
NASA notes that this rocky space rock is approximately 394 feet (120 m) and is classified by NASA as Apollo Asteroids.
This class of asteroids have very wide elliptical orbits, taking them around Earth and the Sun.
From time to time, the orbits of these asteroids intersect with that of Earth as the planet orbits a giant star.
When the Apollo Asteroids complete their journey, they also pass near other planets such as Res Planet Mars.
If asteroids approach these planets at very close distances, they may be affected by their gravitational pull by altering the trajectories of the cosmic rocks.
If this were to happen, asteroids could theoretically be on a collision course with Earth.
Impacts caused by any of these asteroids, including 201
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NASA explained, "The more observations are used and the longer the period during which these observations are made, the more accurate the orbit and the predictions that can be made of it are made."
this particular case, NASA used 76 scale trajectory observations.
Alexandra Lozovsky told the Inquisitor that this would be the first and closest approach on Earth for the 2019 TR2 asteroid. The rock has never passed through our angle to the solar system,
She went on to explain that the only time the rock would approach a comparative distance would be in 2138, when it would travel within 5.2 million miles of Earth.
This is the latest in a series of close asteroid approaches that have brought cosmic rocks of any size at a relatively short distance from Earth.