Experts assess the dangers of asteroids approaching Earth :: Society :: RBC

Experts assess the dangers of asteroids approaching Earth :: Society :: RBC

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The three asteroids approaching Earth on December 25 are in no danger and must fly away. This was made clear by experts interviewed by RBC.

“Such a distance is too far from Earth and unlikely to reach the planet,” said Dr. Alexander Panov, a leading researcher in physics and mathematics at Moscow State University’s Institute of Nuclear Physics.

Written by Data NASA’s December 25, 2020 YM1 and 501647 asteroids from the Aton Group (whose orbits divide the Earth’s orbit). The largest asteroid is 501647, which can be up to 210 meters in size, and the rest are smaller. The size of the 2020 YM1 should not exceed 3.1–7 m, and the 2020 XY should be 21 to 47 m.

The smallest asteroid, 2020 YM1, will come closest to Earth. The maximum distance from its center to the center of the earth will be more than 629 thousand kilometers. The largest asteroid will have a distance of more than 3 million kilometers.

According to Mikhail Marov, Soviet, Russian astronomer and academic of the Russian Academy of Sciences, celestial bodies less than 200 meters in size and three or four times the distance fly over the earth.

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