Nasa predicts near-miss with asteroid on Halloween

 

 

 

 

telegraph.co.uk

By Helena Horton

 

This Halloween, an asteroid is going to be flying closer to Earth than any has since 2006, according to Nasa

An asteroid is due to pass by Earth on Halloween and miss us by a whisker, according to Nasa.

Well, if whiskers were 499,000km long, at any rate. The asteroid was spotted by Nasa a fortnight ago and is set to fly past the Earth on Halloween at over 78,000mph.

It will cross by Earth at the closest it’s been since 2006.

The space agency explained why they spotted it at such short notice, despite constantly montoring the size.

They said: “The asteroid is on an extremely eccentric and a high inclination orbit”.

We won’t be able to see the asteroid with the naked eye, but anyone with access to a telescope will be able to see it as it passes by.

“This is the closest approach by a known object this large until 1999 AN10 approaches within 1 lunar distance in August 2027,” said Nasa.

The space agency has described the asteroid as ‘hazardous’ as it falls well within 4,600,000 mile threshold of proximity to Earth.

The orbit is also erratic, so we can’t exactly tell where it will go. However, despite this, Nasa is confident that it will not hit us.

This probably won’t spell the end of the world, but it is quite interesting.

This news comes after a Christian group predicted the end of the world at the same time as an asteroid nearly grazed our little green planet.

The space agency has described the asteroid as ‘hazardous’ as it falls well within 4,600,000 mile threshold of proximity to Earth.

The orbit is also erratic, so we can’t exactly tell where it will go. However, despite this, Nasa is confident that it will not hit us.

This probably won’t spell the end of the world, but it is quite interesting.

This news comes after a Christian group predicted the end of the world at the same time as an asteroid nearly grazed our little green planet.

 

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