Asteroids are constantly swinging off the earth, but you do not get many chances to witness them live online when they fly by.
The school bus size asteroid 2020 SW, which was just discovered on Friday, will walk past Earth on Thursday, September 24, but you can capture its attitude to our planet through a live feed from the Virtual Telescope Project on Wednesday, September 23. starts at 15 PT.
Most importantly, the asteroid will safely pass by and go on its happy path.
If a year full of exciting near asteroids approaches, 2020 SW will be very cozy. According to NASA, it is expected to come within about 220,000 kilometers from the earth’s surface. It is closer than TV satellites usually orbit.
While, there is no need to worry about the last meeting. For comparison, earlier this year and arrived within about 7,000 kilometers of our planet.
“There are a large number of small asteroids like this one, and several of them approach our planet as close as this several times each year,” said Paul Chodas, director of the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. , said in a statement on Tuesday.
Asteroid 2020 SW is quite nice and measures somewhere between 15 and 30 feet (5 to 10 meters) wide. The fact that we have a full week’s notice of its arrival is a good sign that our asteroid spotting systems are working well.
So tune in and say hello before 2020 SW says goodbye. The asteroid will not return to our neighborhood until 2041.
Next fun. That one will not signal doomsday either. Even if it enters our atmosphere, it will only decay.