The fast asteroid flew past our native planet on the so-called trajectory of Earth's Closed Approach. NASA scientists have dubbed the impressive Asteroid 2019 FT2 as it was first observed on March 31st. the Earth's closest approach to its orbit of the Sun.
Then about 9.51m BST (8.51pm UTC), NASA also said the FT2 had flown to the moon from a far farther distance.
But how near the Earth has the asteroid arrived yesterday?
A most likely approaching vector, the NASA JPL in California calculated an approach of 0.00604 astronomical units (au).
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The asteroid FT2 significantly reduced that last night to only 905,571
In other words, this is the equivalent of 2.35 times the distance from Earth to Moon, a unit of measurement known as Moon Distances (LD).
And if that is not enough Inspiring, NASA estimates that the space rock falls through space at a speed of 27.08 kilometers per second or 60.576 km / h.
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At this rate and approximate size of up to 105 feet (32 meters), the asteroid is an incredible threat to be aware of.
Fortunately, NASA does not believe the FT2 will approach the Earth close enough to raise
According to the space agency, FT2 will come back to Earth on April 5, 2024, which may be the last time we see scale.
Before that happens, the asteroid will also rotate from Venus on December 20, 2020.
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The asteroid FT2 is an excellent example of such a "Near Earth" or NEO.
All NEOs are comets and asteroids on orbital trajectories crossing the road that the Earth surrounds around the Sun.
Sometimes NEOs will cross the orbit of the Earth from a very short distance and
NASA explained: "Scientific interest in comets and asteroids is largely due to their status as a relatively unchanged remnant of the process of forming the solar system before about 4 , 6 billion years. 19659003] The giant outer planets – Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune – formed by the agglomeration of billions of comets and left over the bits and pieces of this process of formation, are the comets we see today. asteroids are the bits and pieces left from the original agglomeration of the internal planets including Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars. crucial to the protection of the Earth in the event that an asteroid killer directs us directly.