FP trendAugust 02, 2021 6:37:24 PM
An asteroid will pass Earth on Saturday, August 21. The asteroid is 1.4 km wide and traveling at a speed of 94.208 km / h. It is a medium-sized asteroid and will pass 3,427,445 km from Earth.
Named 2016 AJ193, it will approach Earth at 11:10 am ET (8:40 pm IST). NASA has been classified as a near-Earth asteroid and a potentially dangerous asteroid. NASA astronomers will observe the asteroid from August 20-24 using radar.
While at this distance the asteroid is close to Earth, it is safe, it has still been classified as potentially dangerous because, in astronomical terms, the distance is a fairly close approach.
By studying the orbit of the asteroid, we know that there is no possibility that it will collide with Earth.
As reported by EarthSky, the year in the asteroid’s name comes from the time it was discovered in January 2016.
To put it in perspective, according to a JPost Report, asteroid 2016 AJ193 is 1.5 times the size of the Burj Khalifa, more than three times the size of the Empire State Building, and more than 4.5 times the size of the Eiffel Tower.
It was first detected by the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) facilities at Haleakala Observatory in Hawaii.
According to NASA’s JPL, the asteroid’s orbit is highly elliptical and orbits the Sun every 2,160 days or every 5.91 years.
The publication mentions that even at its closest distance, 2016 AJ193 will remain 8.9 times farther than the distance from the Moon to Earth.