Sunday, 23 September, 2018

SCARY: Bus-Sized Asteroid YZ4 Passes Close To Earth Today

NASA asteroid GETTY VOID The astroid has a mysterious dark space right in its centre
Guillermo Lane | 29 December, 2017, 03:23

The small asteroid, which is 22.6 to 49 feet in diameter (seven to 15 metres) is due to skim past Earth at 4.56pm GMT (11.56 ET) this afternoon.

Experts say anything that flies closer than six million miles of our planet is a near earth asteroid and could cause severe damage were it ever to crash into Earth.

In 2013, another unknown rock came from nowhere to explode in the sky above Chelyabinsk, Russia.

The energy released shattered the windows of hundreds of buildings and left more than 1,000 people injured.

The Phaethon Asteroid passed us by just a couple of weeks ago, but it appears as if the small asteroid YZ4 will soon make an appearance just over 100000 miles away from Earth.

An asteroid like a human skull approaching the Earth will arrive in mid-November 2018.

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"These new observations of Phaethon show it may be similar in shape to asteroid Bennu, the target of NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, but more than 1,000 Bennus could fit inside of Phaethon", Patrick Taylor a scientist at Arecibo Observatory, said in the NASA statement.

These radar images of near-Earth asteroid 3200 Phaethon were generated by astronomers at the National Science Foundation's Arecibo Observatory on December 17, 2017. "There were 1888 such objects discovered in 2016 and 1,571 in 2015".

The 3200 Phaethon, named after a mythical Greek character credited with nearly destroying the sun, came within 10.3 million kilometers of Earth on December 16.

During a recent pass of another asteroid, Nasa used its worldwide network of observatories to recover, track and characterise asteroid 2012 TC4.

The new observations have helped refine knowledge about its orbit, narrowing the uncertainty about how far it will be from Earth in future passes. Eastern Time. The asteroid reached a distance of 224,396 kilometers from Earth, a short astronomical distance. The encounter is the closest the asteroid will come to Earth until 2093, but it came a little closer in 1974 and about half this distance back in 1931 before its existence was known.

An asteroid listed as a potential hazard to Earth is about one kilometer larger than first thought, according to astronomers. Arecibo has the most powerful radar system on Earth and is used by NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office to monitor "potentially hazardous asteroids", or PHAs.

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