The Space Agency of the united States (NASAannounced this week that five asteroidswith sizes ranging between 10.5 and 183 meters in diameter, would be close to the Earth between the 24 and the 27 of June, and that one of them is considered as a “potentially dangerous“.
According to experts, the asteroid 2020 MKbetween 80 and 190 meters in diameter, will pass to 457 thousand kilometers from the Earth at 10:47 am (time in Guatemala) Saturday, June 27.
The 2020 MK is categorized by NASA as a “object potentially dangerous“because it meets the two requirements that ask for this tag: step up to equal or lesser distance of 7.5 million kilometres from Earth and have a size of greater than 150 meters.
Specialists do, however, sent a reassuring message clarifying that it is virtually impossible that the object crashing into our planet.
Five in total
NASA explained that the other four objects, one, the 2020MP1, spent the night of Wednesday to 457 thousand kilometers from the Earth, just a little more of the distance between our planet and the Moon). Had a size of between 17 and 39 metres.
Other two, the 2017 FW128 (between 8.4 and 19 meters) and the 2020MA (between 23 and 52 metres), passed close to the Earth this Thursday, to 2 million 630 thousand kilometers, and 2 million 50 thousand kilometers, respectively.
The last of five asteroids, the 2020MF21, measured between 7.8 and 17 meters and will come to 498 thousand kilometres, our planet is also on the 27th of June, hours after the 2020MK, at 15:11 (time in Guatemala).
Mission to protect the Earth
This week, NASA also announced that, with the aim of protecting the Earth from a possible collision with some celestial body with which to advance in our direction, plan to experiment with the diversion of an asteroid by the middle of a mission called Test Redirection of Double Asteroid (DART).
The project is scheduled for 2022, and this will seek to divert the rock dubbed “Dimorphos“.
In 2022, our DART mission will test a new asteroid deflection technology. The target — a small moonlet posing no threat to Earth — is now named “Dimorphos,” reflecting sti status as the 1st celestial body to have the form of its orbit changed by humanity: https://t.co/DhPz9xjFZi pic.twitter.com/10WoWpzQwv
— NASA (@NASA) June 23, 2020