Asteroid Approaches Towards Earth, Nasa Classified ‘Potentially Hazardous’

Rajasree Roy

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Asteroids have consistently been a reason of concern for stargazers around the world. Now a new item roughly 4,500 feet in diameter has joined the list. It is approaching  Earth. Nasa has classified this asteroid 2016 AJ193 as ‘Potentially Hazardous’, unsafe as it approaches Earth on the evening of August 21.

Asteroids are rocky worlds revolving around the Sun. Those are actually too small to be called planets, that’s why it is named an asteroid. They are also known as minor planets or planetoids. There are many space rocks, going in size from many miles to a few feet across. Altogether, the mass of the relative multitude of space rocks is not exactly that of Earth’s moon.
Nasa classified this asteroid as potentially hazardous. It will next come close to Earth in 2063. Nasa has also predicted its orbital track. They are not expecting any harm to the planet this time. This asteroid was first spotted by the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) office (It is situated at Haleakala Observatory, Hawaii). In January 2016 after which Nasa utilized the NEOWISE space apparatus to notice the flying article. As per EarthSky, space experts say that the asteroid is extremely dull (not exceptionally intelligent), and its turn period, shaft course, and phantom class are for the most part obscure.

This asteroid circles around the Sun every 5.9 years. It gets somewhere near Earth’s circle but however, at that point goes past the orbit of Jupiter. The August 21 flyby will be this present asteroid’s nearest way to deal with Earth. At least following 65 years, the longest period for which its circle has been predicted.

Nasa tracks more than 26,000 close Earth asteroids. More than 1,000 of these asteroids are considered possibly unsafe. The organization also tracks the development of the asteroids around Sun to build up its area, figuring a circular way that best fits the accessible perceptions of the object.

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