An Asteroid Will Pass Earth So Closely Next Month That We'll See It In The Sky

An Asteroid Will Pass Earth So Closely Next Month That We Could See It in the Sky

Let's be very clear here: There is simply no possibility that Asteroid 2013 TX68 will get close enough to hit Earth when it flies by on March 5. What it may do, though, is come close enough to be visible.

What would it look like? That mostly depends on the trajectory the asteroid takes, which NASA researchers are still trying to figure out. The most likely path has it at just over 1.6 million kilometres away. But it could also follow a trajectory that spins it much further out so that, even with the aid of a telescope, it would be too far out of range to glimpse at 14.4 million kilometres away. But if conditions are just right, the asteroid could come within 17,700km, easily catchable with a telescope.

An Asteroid Will Pass Earth So Closely Next Month That We Could See It in the Sky

Top image: Artist's concept of an asteroid family / NASA/JPL-Caltech; Chart: Possible paths for Asteroid 2013 TX68 NASA/JPL-Caltech

Astronomers only discovered the 30m asteroid two years ago, and with so little data there are several possible orbits for the rock.

Asteroid 2013 TX68 is scheduled to come back around again in September 2017 — and when it does, it will come with a 1:250,000,000 chance of impacting Earth. NASA, however, called the possibility "too small to be of any real concern".


Comments

    How is it that the sky is always falling these days? if its not global warming its asteroids going to wipe us out...

      Its okay. The politicians will survive. Parliaments are all protected by forcefield generators taken from downed ufos.

      It's the only way to get anybody's attention these days. Which means it's the only way to get clicks, which are the only way to get advertising revenue. That's not intended as a criticism of this site specifically, just seems to be the way the entire internet works.

      As TISM once said from "Greg! The Stop Sign"

      Some time in the next ten thousand years
      A comet's gonna wipe out all trace of Man
      I'm banking on it coming before
      My end of year exam

        Cheez, that's not how the universe works..it will come just AFTER you have your end of year exam.

    I would say asteroids have always been coming by but we where none the wiser with the our limited tech at the time.

    Never worry. Sooner or later a massive X-ray pulse from a supernova or blackhole will hit Earth.

      Something tells me you're a "glass half empty" sort of person?

        There is no glass...

      Gamma ray burst is the term you're looking for.

    @usebuy
    If its not global warming its asteroids going to wipe us out...? (Non of them are going to wipe us out) RELAX & ENJOY mother­čśćnature.

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    @sebg
    Never worry. Sooner or later a massive X-ray pulse from a supernova or blackhole will hit Earth.
    (Non of them are going to hit earth) RELAX & ENJOY mother­čśćnature mate.

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