The asteroid Nerius will fly through Earth at about 3.86 million. Kilometers away. That is, the Moon is 10 times farther from the Earth. It’s a great distance, but it’s very close in terms of space units.
NASA reports that 193 million celestial bodies fly at an altitude of kilometers close to Earth, moving at any speed close to 7.5 million. An object passing through the ground is considered hazardous. However, NASA scientists estimate that although the asteroid is flying closer to Earth, the chances of a collision are very low and there is no real danger.
The asteroid Nerius was first discovered in 1982. The asteroid orbits its orbit every 664 days and approaches Earth every 10 years or so. As the asteroid was a relatively frequent visitor to our region in the Solar System, NASA and the Japanese space agency Jaxa even decided to take samples of the asteroid’s rocks using the Jaxa-owned Hayabusa spacecraft, but later these space research institutes decided to choose another sky. Body for this experiment, asteroid 25143 Itokawa.
NASA estimates that Nerius will approach Earth next November 2, 2031, with another approach in November 2050. Nerius’ closest visit to Earth’s orbit is scheduled for February 14, 2060.
The asteroid, which is rich in mineral rocks, is estimated to be 1.2 million miles from Earth. Kilometers, that is, only three times farther than the moon.
Dangerous asteroid Nerius orbits the Earth. NASA photo
According to asteroid observation and database astronomy, asteroid Nerius contains about 4.71 billion deposits of nickel, iron and cobalt. USD. Therefore, this cosmic body is a promising object of interest to businesses interested in extracting cosmic rocks and minerals.
NASA guarantees that technologies that could change the path of the cosmic body are already being developed and tested if Earth is in real danger of colliding with an asteroid.
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