a huge asteroid "potentially dangerous" will pass close to Earth

ONE new big asteroid will have a relatively close approach to Earth in the next few days and “Potentially Dangerous”, as described by NASA. This is the asteroid 138971 (2001 CB21), which is about 1300 meters wide, and is estimated to be It will pass on March 4 at a distance of 7.5 million kilometers.

This asteroid has already approached other times: the first was on February 21, 1900 and since then it has made frequent, almost annual visits to our solar system. Last appeared on February 18, 2021.

“This object is really approaching. It’s going to happen 12.8 times farther than the Moon. So, is considered potentially dangerous as it is passing at a distance of less than 19.5 times the distance of the Moon or the equivalent of 7.5 million kilometers”, explained Constantino Baikouzis, astronomical researcher and program director at the Matanza Astronomical Park.

“On the other hand, to be considered potentially dangerous, they must be more than 100 meters in diameter. Fortunately, if they are large, they are detected well in advance, allowing us to estimate their trajectory. Sometimes they are small and are visible for a short time before passing through the Earth”, added the expert.

NASA considers anything that passes close to Earth’s orbit to be a Near Earth Object (NEO). Scientists track thousands of NEOs to monitor whether they are on a collision course with our planet, as a small change in their trajectories could spell disaster for Earth.

Projects to protect Earth from asteroids

Some experts fear that Earth is not yet ready to defend itself against potentially deadly asteroids. Some time ago, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk raised concern by tweeting: “A large rock will hit Earth eventually and we currently have no defense.”

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After these remarks of great repercussion, NASA reported that it is investigating some defense methods. It recently launched its double asteroid redirection test mission.

About this project, the special agency specified: “DART is the first mission dedicated to researching and demonstrating an asteroid deflection method altering the motion of an asteroid in space through kinetic impact”.

The DART spacecraft is due to collide with a small asteroid called Dimorphos in September with the aim of sending it off course.

In other news, NASA has updated its asteroid hazard software with some important changes that should help you better identify potentially dangerous space rocks.

What else, is planning to launch a ‘golden asteroid’ sounding mission in the coming months.

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