An Asteroid Will Fly By Earth On March 5, Without Impacting Earth In Any Way

Posted: Feb 22 2016, 12:46pm CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

Asteroid's flyby from Earth
Photo credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA scientists predict tiny asteroid 2013 TX68 will fly past Earth on March 5, but there is no fear of an impact because it will either come close at about 9 million miles (14 million kilometers) away or 11,000 miles (17,000 kilometers) away.

This particular asteroid flew past us 2 years ago at a safe distance of 1.3 million miles or 2 million kilometers, and scientists can safely say the same asteroid will pass by us again within the next two weeks.

Scientists are however not so sure of how close this flyby will be or how far away because the asteroid has several trajectories, and scientists are still learning about it having discovered it not too long.

While NASA’s Center for NEO Studies (CNEOS) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, know for sure that this flyby won’t be impacting Earth in any way, this may not be particularly true when the asteroid makes another flyby on September 28, 2017 and farther away in 2046 and 2097.

"The possibilities of collision on any of the three future flyby dates are far too small to be of any real concern," said Paul Chodas, manager of CNEOS who revealed that chances of the asteroid hitting Earth on September 28, 2017 is about 1-in-250-million. "I fully expect any future observations to reduce the probability even more."

The Catalina Sky Survey, funded by NASA discovered the asteroid 2013 TX68 on October 6, 2013 when it came in the direction of Earth on the nighttime side. The scientists tracked the asteroid as it approached for 3 days until it passed into daytime when it could no longer be tracked and its exact orbit around the sun known.

"This asteroid's orbit is quite uncertain, and it will be hard to predict where to look for it," said Chodas. "There is a chance that the asteroid will be picked up by our asteroid search telescopes when it safely flies past us next month, providing us with data to more precisely define its orbit around the sun."

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/52" rel="author">Charles I. Omedo</a>
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