An asteroid bigger than Big Ben is approaching one of the smallest distances from Earth this month. see here

02/01/2022
Credit: Getty images
Credit: Getty images

An asteroid bigger than Big Ben is approaching one of the smallest distances from Earth this month. That's what NASA announced today and of course, said it was considered a dangerous asteroid for Earth. And he may find it dangerous because it is so close to Earth. Experts estimate that this asteroid will approach more than 5.5 million km. from the Earth and is expected to pass well past the earth at a distance of between 4.5 and 5.5 million km. distance from Earth. So you have nothing to be afraid of. In any case, it is not that far from Earth. 

If the asteroid ever approaches Earth at a distance of 5 million km. distance and only then pass well past the Earth, then the distance of 5 million km. it is quite small compared to other objects that have approached the Earth. The asteroid is named 2013 YD48 and has been in NASA's attention for many years. It's awful that many asteroids that approach Earth regularly, every 5-10 years, move the distance between them and Earth. Some space agencies approx. that by 2100 we may have asteroids very close to Earth. 

However, no asteroid approaching the Earth has a 0% chance of hitting the Earth. It has some chances, but very small and insignificant. The percentage that shows the chances of an asteroid hitting Earth is calculated by several factors, including its speed, the asteroid's trajectory, its distance from Earth, and more. According to NASA, the chances of this asteroid hitting Earth are below 1%, somewhere around 0.6-0.7%, this is due to the fact that it is quite close to Earth. Other asteroids have even lower chances, somewhere at 0.1-0.2%. It is expected to come closest to Earth on January 11, 2021.

It is not the only one, for example, just this Sunday, today, January 2, 2022, another asteroid is approaching Earth, but at a much smaller distance, being a dangerous steroid. In any case, NASA considers any asteroid approaching Earth at a distance of less than 120 million km to be a potential danger. 2021 YK is the asteroid that will come closest to Earth today, at a distance of approx. 189000 km. distance from Earth (may meet on the route with Webb, but hopefully not). It has a 7-8% chance of hitting the Earth and is larger than 12 m (much of it can disintegrate into the atmosphere if it enters). 

The next one is coming, namely 2014 YE15 which will approach the Earth at a distance of 9 million km. from Earth, so far away. 2020 AP1 will be the last dangerous asteroid of the first month of 2022. It will approach the Earth at a distance of 1.6 million km. with a 0.9-1% chance of reaching Earth, but this will not happen. 

We hope NASA monitors the asteroids well. And let's hope nothing bad happens. 

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 02 December 2022, at 08:20 am Los Angeles time

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