A NEAR EARTH asteroid will cross the Earth’s orbital path on September 24 has sent signals buzzing when its movements were computed in August.
Thebeastof a rock stretches 430 meters, and has been labeled 523934 (1998 FF 14 ). This asteroid will be traveling at a fairly high velocity of 22. 26 kilometres (14 miles) per second. It was discovered in 1998 by Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR), at Socorro New Mexico.
It is currently close to Earth, at a distance of 0. 027 astronomical units.
The distance it is from the planet Jupiter is 3. 91 astronomical units .
Most near-Earthasteroidshave orbits similar to the Earth.
But, fortunately, the random chance of an oddball trajectory intersecting our orbit is lower.
Asteroid, if it impacted could wipe out a large city(Image: GETTY)
Asteroid usually orbit between Mars and Jupiter(Image: GETTY)
But, in this case, Asteroid (FF) is one of the oddballs.
It has an inclined orbit tilted at a steep angle compared to the Earth’s orbit.
This time around it may pass within 4.1 million k m from Earth (2.5 million miles) the closest it ever comes.
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson echoedNASA’sgrowing fear of Near Earth Objects, but revealed that asteroids are not the ‘biggest threat to mankind’.
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The asteroid will come close to the Earth’s orbit(Image: GETTY)
The popular astrophysicis t has warned that asteroids should not be the primary concern for an end of the world scenario anyway.
During 2015 Amazon Prime series “Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains Everything”, the 60 – year-old admitted: “I think about what could threaten civilization often.
“Aside from asteroids that could render us extinct, all of those kinds of things that are out there.
“It’s there, yes, but it doesn’t preoccupy me.”
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Asteroids contain many precious elements(Image: GETTY)
Asteroids close to Earth are called Near Earth Objects(Image: GETTY)
Dr Tyson, who hosts his own “StarTalk” podcast, where he explores similar themes, went on to claim humans will hinder their own chances of survival in the future.
He added: “What preoccupies me is a concern that we might not be wise enough to be good shepherds of our own fate.
“Wisdom is not just knowledge, it’s how do you act on that knowledge?
“And how do you get knowledge about the future? Well that’s kind of what the whole enterprise of science is about.
Asteroid Fact File(Image : Express)
In November, European space ministers are set to back the HERA project – humanity’s first mission to orbit the double asteroid and dispatch two smaller drones, named CubeSats, in an attempt to figure out how to deflect it.
Astrophysicist and Queen guitarist Brian May revealed the plans during a promotional video on their YouTube last month.
He said: “HERA is going to show us things no one has ever seen before.
An asteroid is meant to have wiped out the dinosaurs(Image: GETTY)
“This asteroid is typical of the thousands that pose an impact risk to our planet.
“Imagine a mountain in the sky with another rock about the size of the Great Pyramid swinging around it.
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