The United States Space Agency (NASA) ad this week that five asteroids, with sizes ranging between 10.5 and 183 meters in diameter, would pass near the land between June 24 and 27, and that one of them is considered “potentially dangerous“.
According to experts, the asteroid 2020 MK, between 80 and 190 meters in diameter, will pass 457 thousand kilometers from Earth at 10:47 (Guatemala time) on Saturday, June 27.
He 2020 MK is categorized by NASA as a “potentially dangerous object“, since it fulfills the two requirements that this label requires: to pass at a distance of 7.5 million kilometers from Earth and to have a size greater than 150 meters.
However, the specialists sent a reassuring message clarifying that it is practically impossible for the object to hit our planet.
Five in total
NASA explained that of the other four objects, one, the 2020MP1, spent 457 thousand kilometers from Earth on Wednesday night, just a little more than the distance between our planet and the Moon). It was between 17 and 39 meters in size.
Two others, the 2017 FW128 (between 8.4 and 19 meters) and the 2020MA (between 23 and 52 meters), passed close to Earth this Thursday, at 2,630,000 kilometers and 2,550,000 kilometers, respectively.
The last of the five asteroids, the 2020MF21, measures between 7.8 and 17 meters and will approach 498 thousand kilometers our planet also on June 27, hours after 2020MK, at 15:11 (Guatemala time).
Mission to protect Earth
This week, NASA also announced that, in order to protect Earth from a possible collision with any celestial body moving in our direction, it plans to experiment with the diversion of an asteroid through a mission called the Double Redirection Test. Asteroid (DART).
The project is scheduled for 2022, and it will seek to divert the rock named “Dimorphos“.
In 2022, our DART mission will test a new asteroid deflection technology. The target — a small moonlet posing no threat to Earth — is now named “Dimorphos,” reflecting its status as the 1st celestial body to have the form of its orbit changed by humanity: https://t.co/DhPz9xjFZi pic.twitter.com/10WoWpzQwv
– NASA (@NASA) June 23, 2020