The asteroid named 2019 RX2 is just one of many so-called "near-Earth objects" or NEOs dangerously approaching our planet. According to NASA, there are 796,901 known asteroids and 3586 known comets in the solar system. The asteroid took off today (Thursday, September 12th) along the "Close Near Earth" trajectory that brought it very close to the planet. The flight came just six days after NASA first monitored the asteroid's orbit on September 6.
NASA has stated that today the scale will approach approximately 4.19 BST (3.19 UTC).
The asteroid 2019 RX2 is a space of the Apollo rock type orbiting the sun in the inner circles of the solar system.
The asteroid follows a trajectory similar to the 1
Sometimes NEOs like the RX2 will cross paths with the Earth at different points in time.
Based on NASA calculations, the asteroid has already approached Earth six times before its initial observation this year.
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The first flight originated 100 years ago on December 9, 1919.
Following today's close approach, the cosmic rock will reappear in Earth's space angle again in 2024 and 2063 19659002] NASA calculates that the asteroid RX2 measures anywhere in the range of 18 feet to 39 feet (5.6 m to 12 m) in diameter.
Average rocks the size of a car like this one hit the Earth once a year.
Fortunately, the asteroid is small enough to safely burn into the atmosphere without hitting the ground.
Any larger and more cosmic rock can cause serious damage such as the rock that erupted over the Russian Chelyabinsk region in 2013.
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The so-called Chelyabinsk meteor measures only about 65.6 feet (20 m), but its explosion blasts windows and injures more than 1,000 people with pieces of glass.
The good news is, N ASA did not expect the RX2 asteroid to hit the planet today.
The asteroid approached our planet at a speed of about 5.34 km per second or 11 945 m / h.
The closest rock came from a distance of 0.01848 astronomical units.
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An astronomical measure of about 93 million miles (149.6 million km), which is the distance from the Sun to Earth.
This means that the rock has missed our planet by about 1.7 million miles (2.7 million km) – about seven times the distance to the moon.
NASA says, "As they orbit the sun, Earth objects may occasionally approach the Earth.
"Keep in mind that the 'near' astronomical passage can be very far in human terms: millions or even tens of millions of kilometers."