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Potentially hazardous asteroid approaching Earth very fast

Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 11, 2020
NASA disclosed that 1997 BQ asteroid, also known as 136795, will closely approach Earth on the evening of 21 May, sweeping round at a speed of around 11.6 kilometre per second.
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136795   The asteroid is deemed “potentially hazardous”
136795 was first observed back in January 1997 and is measured at between 0.668 and 1.493 kilometers in diameter, judging by its brightness, which makes it “roughly” comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge, the space agency notes.

The asteroid is deemed “potentially hazardous” by NASA, as it belongs to the Apollo category of space rocks, the trajectory of which crosses the orbit of our planet. It might be too early to sound an alarm though, as 1997 BQ will only approach our home from a distance of 0.04115 astronomical units, or 6.156 million kilometres in human terms.

However, NASA’s Centre for Near Earth Object Studies is closely monitoring the object which is considered to be larger than 97% of other space asteroids. Any rocks that are close to one kilometre in size can be potentially dangerous to our planet.


 

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