A Hungarian star that spotted a small asteroid before hitting Earth earlier this month has almost had a second chance at seeing another spacecraft seen in a board with the ground. Now, however, the body has passed through Earth thousands of miles.
Krisztián Sárneczky, an observer at the Konkoly Observatory near Budapest in Hungary, observed asteroidabout 6.6 to 14 feet (2 to 4 meters) in size, respectively EarthSkyon Thursday night (March 25), when the pain was coming Earth. Since then dubbed 2022 FD1, the asteroid has made its way into Earth’s shadow over the Pacific Ocean a few hours later, on Friday (March 26) at 3:10 am EDT (0810 GMT) .
About an hour later, the rock was very close to Earth, traveling a distance of about 5,300 miles (8,500 kilometers). For comparison, US GPS the satellites travel at an altitude of 12,500 miles (20,200 km). of the The space station lowest orbit, about 250 miles (400 km).
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Earth’s close proximity has changed the asteroid’s orbit, Sárneczky said on Twitter.
“The biggest change in the preference of my nearest # 2022FD1 (aka # Sar2594) when it flew: i = 9.4 deg -> 4,5 deg,” the astronomer said. tweeted on Friday (March 25).
Sárneczky made headlines earlier this month when he saw the asteroid 2022 EB5 it was only a matter of hours before that large rock caught fire in the skies of Earth between Iceland and Norway. That asteroid, about 10 feet (3 meters) wide, was the only known asteroid to strike Earth before. such as NASA.
The other four asteroids seen before the end of 2014 AA, 2018 LA, 2008 TV2 and 2019 MO, according to Earthsky.org.
Evidence shows the impact of asteroid impacts on our planet. Statistically, most of the space rocks on Earth are too small to penetrate the Earth’s atmosphere, only triggering horrific fireball displays. But sometimes large rocks can travel to the surface of the earth without being seen. In 2013, a large asteroid exploded over the Russian capital Chelyabinsktriggered a massive earthquake that injured 1,200 people.