A large asteroid will pass by Earth early next week. The distance at which this object will pass our planet may be almost as much as the distance between us and the Moon.
The facility is temporarily named (2021 CZ2). The flight is scheduled to take place on January 16 at 11:30 p.m. universal time, with an accuracy of approximately two minutes. The asteroid, which is 100-200 meters in diameter, will pass us at a speed of about 14 kilometers per second.
The flight distance is estimated within a certain range. The asteroid will be closest to our planet at a distance of about 370,000 kilometers. This is comparable to the distance to the Moon (384,000 kilometers). This is a safe distance.
This object belongs to a group asteroids Athens, i.e. objects orbiting the Sun, whose orbits are usually inside the Earth’s orbit. The group’s name comes from the asteroid (2062) Athens. Over 2,600 similar bodies are known. 2021 CZ2 completes one revolution around the Sun in approximately 272 days.
Asteroids close to Earth
Asteroids fly near the Earth quite often, but they are usually objects with small diameters of several or a dozen or so meters. The Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) estimates that, on average, such objects appear near our planet once every few days. space. Fortunately, however, it is rare for one of them to be on a collision course with Earth.
According to NASA According to current calculations, an asteroid collision with Earth is unlikely in the next 100 years.
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