FP On the riseAugust 2, 2021 18:37:24 IST
The asteroid will bypass the earth on Saturday, August 21st. The asteroid is 1.4 km wide and travels at a speed of 94208 km / h. It is a medium-sized asteroid and orbits within a radius of 3,427,445 kilometers from Earth.
Named 2016 AJ193 it is approaching Earth at 11.10 ET (20.40 IST). NASA has been classified A terrestrial asteroid and a potentially dangerous asteroid. NASA astronomers will observe the asteroid on August 20 and August 24 using radar.
Although at this distance the asteroid is approaching Earth, it is safe, but it is still classified as potentially dangerous because at the astronomical level the distance is quite close.
By studying the asteroid’s orbit, we know that there is no chance of colliding with the earth.
As reported EarthSky, the year in the name of the asteroid comes from the time it was discovered in January 2016.
To clarify the matter 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 discovered by the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) at the Haleakala Observatory in Hawaii.
According to the NASA JPL, the asteroid’s orbit is highly elliptical and orbits the sun every 2160 days or 5.91 years.
publication mentions that even at its closest distance in 2016, the AJ193 remains 8.9 times farther than the moon’s distance from Earth.