Anyway, potentially hazardous objects are by definition significantly bigger and pose a real regional threat if they strike the planet.
Such asteroids are not believed to be unique, an object of this size by-passes this close to Earth once a year or so.
Designated as 2020QG, it is the closest known asteroid to fly by Earth without impacting the planet.
For reference, the distance between Las Vegas and Chicago is nearly 1,800 miles.
According to a published study by the magazine Science in 2019, in the last 290 million years, the Earth and the Moon they have experienced more than twice as many collisions with asteroids than there were in the previous 700 million years. So do we. Let's nerd out over space together.
ESA's newly added asteroid is known as 2020 PG6. Kritti Sharma and Kunal Deshmukh, who are part of a collaboration searching Near Earth Asteroids, used data from the robotic Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) located in California, to identify the celestial body just hours after it flew by the planet.
It came closer to Earth than any asteroid had before, NASA said.
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According to the NASA JPL's calculations, the asteroid turned by about 45 degrees due to Earth's gravitational pull. A meteoroid called 2011 CQ1 previously held the title for closest recorded approach, with its 3,400-mile flyby in February, 2011.
Researchers advise the asteroid, if it enters orbit, would break apart on entry and create a vibrant meteor. Astronomers were able to witness this shift in 2020 QG's orbit.
An asteroid will pass close to Earth on November 2, one day before the United States presidential elections.
NASA info stated the asteroid has a.41 p.c opportunity of hitting our world. Fortunately, nothing catastrophic. It likely would have burned up in Earth's atmosphere, in a dramatic fireworks display like the breakup of an asteroid that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia in 2013.
The explosion in the atmosphere is usually noticed, as in Chelyabinsk, Russia in 2013, when the explosion of an object about 20 meter long shattered windows for kilometers, injuring a thousand people.
Don't lose too much sleep over asteroids like 2020 QG.
The students reported their findings to the Minor Planet Center at the International Astronomical Union.