Asteroids are huge space rocks that are orbiting the Sun. There are many orbits with various sizes, from gigantic ones to tiny particles that are found within their orbits around Mars as well as Jupiter. Due to gravity pull on the planets, some orbit near to earth, or get into space as meteors.
Most of the time, they are not noticed or even miss Earth. In the worst cases, changing their trajectory means that they could collision with Earth. It is important to be aware of when they’re approaching to ensure that we are able to protect our planet. Then then, it’s the time that US NASA launches spacecraft into the core of an asteroid to divert it from its initial route.
It’s been less than a year since the last time.
According the NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) The Asteroid 73535 (1989 J.A.) is expected to reach Earth on the 27th of May 2023. As you read this, the huge satellite is headed to Earth.
We are fortunate, as the CNEOS database suggests that the asteroid can safely travel by Earth at approximately 2.5 million miles. That’s roughly 10-fold the distance that exists between Earth and the Moon that is about 250,000 miles. It’s that far as it stays on its current path.
NASA detectors have discovered that the asteroid was estimated to be approximately four times larger than the Empire State Building in diameter. The size of the asteroid is approximately 1.1 miles. Because of the magnitude of it is, and the proximity it will have to Earth, NASA has classified the 7335 as “potentially dangerous (PH)”.
That means that if the path of the asteroid changed , and it was heading towards Earth this would result in serious damage to the Earth. This asteroid has already begun speeding toward Earth and we should hope the course of its travel doesn’t change.
This won’t happen again until 2055
These cosmic events are extremely rare and occur only once or twice during a lifetime. The next time an asteroid makes a close approach to Earth isn’t expected until June 23rd 2055. The one that is predicted to occur the 23rd of June will be a lot further from the Earth and will pass by Earth in a distance of 70 % of the space between Earth as well as the Moon.
The same cannot be said for Asteroid 735 which is expected to be rushing over Earth on May 27th at approximately 47,200 miles per hour. NASA is closely monitoring it together with nearly the 29,000 other objects near Earth throughout the day.
NASA is Preparing For Defense
NASA has made mistakes in the past, but it has now admitted to its own false predictions. This is because there’s only the amount we can do to forecast a universe that we have no control over. It’s ever-changing. Although it was once said that earlier any asteroid that was 500+ feet wide wouldn’t stand any chance of striking Earth in about 100 years from now, there’s no way to predict or predict the climate for our galaxies. Everything can be altered at any moment.
At the moment, this object isn’t yet “dangerous.” However, NASA is still in the process of preparing its defense of the planet in case an asteroid that is not previously discovered or the one it is observing changes direction.
It’s happened Before
NASA is in close contact with other monitoring partners for asteroid tracking such as The European Space Agency and the United Nations, and has said that: “We can advise leadership on the issues that could be the consequences should an collision of the asteroid occur.”
This type of process that has benefited our research in the past. In fact, in august 2022 an asteroid of 100 feet in diameter known as NEO 2022 QQ4 flew through space and landed on Earth. The asteroid was 5.93 million miles away from our planet at the time of its closest approach. Therefore, we were in good hands despite moving at 7.23 kilometers per second.
There is no reason to panic –
There is always motion all around us. Asteroids travel at a rate which isn’t even recognized by our minds. It is beyond the notions of space and time we employ to comprehend the world that surrounds us.
On May 27 on the 27th of May, the asteroid 7335 is scheduled to pass by our planet by approximately 2.5 millions miles (4 million kilometers). This is more than 10 times the normal distance between Earth and the moon. But, for the moment we’re in good health. Take advantage of the time it takes to try to make each minute count since you don’t know when it will end.