FP trendsAug 19, 2021 10:28:48 AM
An asteroid will pass Earth on Saturday, August 21st. The asteroid is 1.4 km wide and flies at a speed of 94,208 km / h. It is a medium-sized asteroid and will pass Earth within 3,427,445 km.
It is named 2016 AJ193 and will approach Earth at 11:10 a.m. ET (8:40 p.m. IST). NASA was classified as a near-Earth asteroid and a potentially dangerous asteroid. NASA astronomers will be observing the asteroid using radar from August 20 through August 24.
While the asteroid approaches Earth at this distance, it is safe, but has been classified as potentially dangerous because the distance is quite a close approximation in astronomical terms.
By examining the asteroid’s orbit, we know that there is no chance it will collide with Earth.
As reported by Earth sky, the year in the asteroid’s name dates from the time it was sighted in January 2016.
To put it in perspective, according to a JPost reported, the 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 over 4.5 times the size of the Eiffel Tower.
It was first discovered by the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) at the Haleakala Observatory in Hawaii.
According to NASA 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 in 2016 AJ193, even at its closest distance, will remain 8.9 times farther than the distance of the moon from earth.