NASA monitoring asteroid that will pass earth closer than our satellites

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NASA are monitoring an asteroid that will pass earth closer than most of our communication satellites.

Asteroid 2013 TX68 could fly within 11,000 miles of Earth on 5th March.

This is just 1/20th of the distance from Earth to the moon and about half as far as most satellites that orbit our planet.. which is quite close.

NASA say there is no chance of a collision and the uncertainty about its exact path of the asteroid means theres still a chance that it could pass as far away as nine million miles.

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Asteroid spotted in 2013

Paul Chodas, who manages the NASA’s Near-Earth Objects Studies office, said:  “It will be hard to predict where to look for it.

“The possibilities of collision on any of the three future flyby dates are far too small to be of any real concern”

Scientists say if 2013 TX68 or another asteroid of its size were to slam into Earth, it would probably explode in an airburst about twice as energetic as the Chelyabinsk event which injured 1000’s and damaged building in Russia in 2013.

NASA said there is a one-in-250 million chance of an impact during the asteroid’s next pass on 28 September, 2017.

 

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