the "potentially dangerous" will fly from a distance that is ten times the distance between Earth and the Moon, which for the record is approximately 2.6 million miles or 4.2 million The asteroid is in orbit at a speed of 76,000 mph (34 km / s) which makes it about 16 times faster than the fastest manned plane in the world, which is the American hypersonic or X-15, reaching speeds close to 4,520 mph (7,300 km / h).
Paul Chodas, manager, Near-Earth Object Studies Center at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said the space agency has been tracking the asteroid since its discovery in 2002 and knows the trajectory very well. "We have been following this asteroid for more than 14 years and know its orbit very accurately," he said in a statement.
Scientists call the asteroid as "potentially dangerous" because its orbit is within 4,600,000 miles (7,403.00km) from our planet, less than what is dangerous and very close in the spatial context. We await the closest approach of the asteroid to Earth on February 4, 2018 at 4.30 p.m. M. EST.
Asteroid 2002 AJ129 will be the largest space rock that will pass through Earth this year, and if there is any chance of a collision with our Earth, then the consequences will be devastating. Scientists have said previously that if an asteroid of this size collided with Earth, it would plunge the Earth into a mini ice age, since the sun would be blocked by its materials and the temperature would drop to 8 ° C throughout the world. . If that large asteroid manages to fall on the ground it will crush everything that gets in its way and also if it falls on the oceans, then huge tsunamis will occur.
Scientists have warned that this would be the impact of the asteroid would cause a very severe global impact that would last several years making our Earth a much colder, darker and drier planet. But as of now, scientists have said that Asteroid 2002 AJ129 poses no threat to our planet and that it will fly beyond the Earth safely regardless of its short distance. So far, scientists have identified more than 800 asteroids more than 1km wide that are expected to pass close to Earth in a nearby overflight, but none of them represents an immediate threat to Earth, the scientists said. Astronomers will closely monitor the AJ129 asteroid with the help of the Goldstone Radio Telescope in California so they can study its size, shape and rotation effectively.
NASA astronomers are using their advanced equipment and specialized telescopes to obtain more information about the form, speed of rotation, size and internal components of the asteroid [AJ129] 2002. They are also working on the development of a specialized spacecraft that is able to prevent asteroids from colliding with the Earth by potentially altering their orbits. Such a device is programmed to be tested on a small non-dangerous asteroid in 2024.
With the help of the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), the scientist can divert an asteroid from its predefined trajectory. DART will use a kinetic impactor technique and hit the asteroid to change its orbit, becoming the first asteroid deflection attempt for planetary defense.
In 2016, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said: "It is essential to exercise this type of disaster scenarios of low probability but with serious consequences," after one of those planning sessions. He added that we would be better prepared to respond in that case by working on our emergency response plans now.
Meteorite attacks are a common phenomenon since space rocks frequently collide on Earth but do not cause significant damage to us. The reason behind this is the natural defense of the Earth, since meteors usually burn completely or significantly smaller before reaching the planet's surface. In contrast, a meteorite fell in Russia, injuring approximately 500 people during the night in 2013. Video evidence of such incidents can be commonly found on popular video sharing platforms, including YouTube .
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