According to the American space Agency NASA, at the end of this week, on Saturday August 10 with a speed of 16 772 kilometers per hour to our planet will approach a very large asteroid. Scientists say that the object having the name 2006 QQ23 the size of a skyscraper. Its diameter is almost 600 meters. The media and the public are already starting to worry. But scientists say that the threat of a no-no. The asteroid should fly past Earth at a safe distance. In any case, so show current calculations.
The Exact size of the facility is 569 meters. It was discovered in 2006. For comparison, the height of the American Empire state building is 443 meters (with a spire).
The relative size of the asteroid and the Empire state building (left)
According to experts Lindley Johnson, Kelly Fast from the office for the coordination of planetary defense, NASA, the distance between earth and the asteroid at the closest point should be about 7.5 million kilometers. Therefore the inhabitants of the planet is not in danger. For comparison, the Moon is from us at 384,000 kilometers, which is about 20 times closer.
Scientists say that track these so-called "near-earth objects," including not only asteroids, but also comets, and debris orbiting the Sun. Space standards 8 million kilometers is really a very small distance to the Ground. Therefore, these objects are called near-earth scientists.
According to experts from NASA, annually by the planet flying at least 6 asteroids with sizes from 2006 QQ23. If the object size of about 600 meters will fall to the Ground, the consequences will be catastrophic. Not globally, of course. But in the regional for sure. Falling into water this stone can cause . The consequences for cities located in coastal areas in a radius of a falling object will be unimaginable.
Currently, scientists from NASA are aware of the existence in our Solar system, at least 900 near-earth asteroids larger than one kilometer. But smaller space rocks around our planet much more. The account goes on millions. And that creates a very big problem. Compact asteroids are much harder to detect.
For Example, recently the European space Agency announced that just a week earlier by the Earth flew by asteroid the size of a football field.
a Flown past Earth asteroid was about the size of a football field
The Distance between our planet and the small celestial body with a diameter of 100 meters was only 65 thousand kilometers or 1/5 of the distance to the moon. Interestingly, I discovered it only at the moment when he is most closer to Earth and began to walk away from it. Scientists say that we are sorely lacking ground-based telescopes for the effective monitoring of near-earth objects of such small sizes.
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