This drifting chunk from the void will enter our planet’s vicinity tomorrow,NASAhas informed. The icy clump of iron and other elements is on anEarth intersecting orbitand is pommeling forwards at a breakneck 30, 900 mph. Calculations byNASAscientists predict that the asteroid will pass within a few million miles of the planet’s surface.
NASA notes this rogue space rock is approximately (ft) 120 m) across and has been classified by NASA as Apollo asteroids.
These class of asteroids have very wide elliptical orbits taking them around the Earth and Sun.
From time to time, the orbits of these asteroids intersect with that of Earth as the planet goes around the giant star.
Asteroid 2019 TR2(Image: GETTY)
As Apolloasteroidscomplete their voyage, they also pass near
If the asteroids approach these planets at very close distances, they can get affected by their gravitational pull, altering the space rocks’ trajectories.
If this were to happen, the asteroids could theoretically end up on a collision course with Earth.
An impact event caused by any of theseasteroids, including 2019 TR2, would decimate large regions of the planet.
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Due to their sizes, speed and composition, these asteroids could wipe out towns or even cities during an apocalyptic impact event.
Fortunately,NASAnotes the planet is safe from the (TR2 asteroid.) *******
2019 TR2 will approach Earth on Tuesday, October 29 at 3. (am BST) Monday 10. 46 pm ET) from a distance of 0. 4960 astronomical units (4.6 million miles) away.
An astronomical unit is a unit of measurement equal to the mean distance from the center of the earth to the center of the sun.
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NASAexplained: “The more observations that are used and the longer the period over which those observations are made, the more accurate the calculated orbit and the predictions that can be made from it.”
In this particular case, NASA used (observations of the rock’s trajectory.)
Alexandra Lozovschi said in the Inquisitr that this will be the first and closest approach to Earth for asteroid 2019 TR2.
Asteroid statistics(Image: Express)
The rock has never before passed through our corner of the solar system.
The space enthusiast explained that over the next 123 year , the asteroid will return to our corner of space four more times, with its next flyby occurring in 2023
She went on to explain that the only time the rock will approach at a comparable distance will be in 2138, when it will pass within 5.2 million miles of Earth.
This is the latest in a string of close asteroid approaches that have brought space rocks of all sizes within a relatively short distance from Earth.