A "potentially dangerous asteroid" known as 2002 AJ129 will fly across the Earth at a whopping 67,000 miles per hour next month, but there's no need to worry, scientists say.
The 0.7-mile-long body ─ larger than the tallest building on Earth, the half-mile Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai will pass over our planet on February 4 for 2.6 million miles, without giving it opportunity to hit us.
Potentially dangerous asteroids, or PHA, not uncommon. According to a 2013 report on the NASA website, there are more than 1,000 PHAs available and possibly still to be discovered.
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The PHAs are defined by NASA as Near Earth Asteroids "whose Minimum Orbit Intersection Distance (MOID) with Earth is 0.05 [in astronomical units] or less and whose absolute magnitude is 22.0 or brighter ".
An astronomical unit is 149,597,870,700 miles, or approximately the average distance between Earth and the Sun.
2002 AJ129 is expected to be the largest and fastest space object to fly beyond Earth in 2018, according to the Atlanta Journal. Constitution.
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Astronomers agree almost unanimously that no asteroid, particularly those of the near-Earth variety, will hit our planet in our lives. However, if one of this size were to hit us, it could cause serious damage.
When we talk about the 3-mile-wide Phaethon 3200, which flew over the Earth in mid-December, Boston University astronomy professor Michael Mendillo told Time that an asteroid of this size "would be this type of object that it would cause a catastrophic collision. " there should be one, "before adding that it is highly unlikely.
In addition to the aforementioned 3200 Phaethon and 2002 AJ129, the Earth has had some problems with giant space rocks in recent months.
In August 2017, a 2.7-mile-wide asteroid named Florence passed through Earth at a safe distance of 4.4 million miles, approximately 18 times the distance between Earth and the Moon, and in October 2012 TC4, a space rock estimated to measure between 50 and 100 feet, it passed safely beyond Earth at 26,000 miles and was used to test the Earth's international warning network.
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teroid threatened Earth, NASA has a plan to fight it.
In June, the agency released a video using 3-D modeling techniques and one of its supercomputers in an effort to produce simulations in a variety of asteroid impact scenarios.
The work is being done by experts in the Asteroid Threat Assessment Project at NASA's Advanced Supercomputing facility at the Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, California. The efforts are in conjunction with NASA's Office of Planetary Defense Coordination.
The research has been shared with several different parties, including university scientists, national research laboratories, and different government agencies.
The work follows an asteroid collision in 2013 in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk. The explosion of the asteroid wounded more than 1,200 people and damaged buildings to 58 miles.
Separately, in 2016, NASA opened a new office to track asteroids and comets that come too close to Earth, known as the Office of Planetary Defense Coordination (PDCO).
NASA has been studying near-Earth objects (NEO) since the 1970s. According to the PDCO, survey projects funded by NASA have found more than 95 percent of the known catalog of more than 15,000 NEOs.
James Rogers of Fox News contributed to this report. Follow Chris Ciaccia on Twitter @Chris_Ciaccia