Saturday, February 6th, 2016

Asteroid ‘TX68’ a frequent flyby for Earth

Narada Desk | February 6, 2016 4:31 pm Print

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NASA has predicted that an asteroid will be visiting earth on March 5th but moving across the planet undisturbed at a distance of about 9,000-17,000 km. The asteroid gets closer to earth than the moon.

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) said that the asteroid named ‘TX68’ crosses across frequently but has never been a threat ever since.

The orbit of the asteroid being unpredictable, it is not known the asteroid would be in the sky. NASA’s centre for NEO studies, CNEO manager said, “The possibilities of collision on any of the three future flyby dates are far too small to be of any real concern. I fully expect any future observations to reduce the probability even more…” He also added, “There is a chance that the asteroid will be picked up by our asteroid search telescopes when it safely flies past us next month, providing us with data to more precisely define its orbit around the Sun.”

The last time an asteroid threatened earth was in 2013 over Chelyabinsk, Russia when it weathered into small bits in the atmosphere causing injuries upto 1,500 and property damage. The asteroid would be next passing us on September 2017 and then in 2046 and 2097.

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