A new asteroid was spotted as large as a building approaching Earth on Monday (March 28) but that’s no reason to start.
The asteroid, dubbed 2022 FB2, is about 49 feet (15 meters) in diameter and approaching 93,400 miles (150,000 kilometers) when it orbits our Earth. according to the NASA map of spacecraft. For comparison, the distance between the Earth and the moon is about 239,000 miles (385,000 kilometers).
Astronomers first saw 2022 FB2 on Saturday (March 26), according to the NASA database.
After flying Monday over the elbows of an asteroid, dubbed 2022 FD1, it passed through 5,400 miles (8,700 kilometers) of Earth on Friday (March 24). That asteroid was spotted by astronomers Krisztián Sárneczky, who saw it advertise the earnings on Twitter. Asteroid 2022 FD1 is a very small rock, with the largest number about it at about 12.1 feet (3.7 meters), according to the archive maintained by NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California.
Today, Sárneczky spotted an asteroid called 2022 EB5, which actually hit Earth on March 11. all by fire in the Norwegian Sea. It was seen two hours before the event, with astronomers working quickly to see if NASA’s Scout impact hazard system could predict where and when 2022 EB5 would hit the sky. of the Earth.
“There are a lot of small asteroids like 2022 EB5, and they often land in the sky – about every 10 months or so,” said NASA’s Paul Chodas, CNEOS director at JPL, in a statement. To say. “But very few of these asteroids have actually been seen in the sky and watched a lot before the event, because they were so weak until a few hours ago, and a telescope would pay close attention to the weather at the right time. that someone can be seen. “
Chodas and other scientists around the world are constantly watching what NASA calls “dangerous asteroids” with orbits that take them within 4.6 million miles (7.5 million km) of space. the Earth.