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An asteroid the size of a skyscraper should pass near the Earth on August 10th

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August 5, 2019

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An asteroid 570 meters in diameter is expected to approach 8 million kilometers from our planet on August 10. The situation is of no concern to NASA specialists, who stress the large number of similar celestial objects that are spotted each year near the Earth. The space agency says it fears more those who are not listed.

Artist’s impression of 2006 QQ23 asteroid

According to NASA, an asteroid the size of a skyscraper will pass near the Earth on Saturday, August 10. Called «2006 QQ23», the celestial object is approximately 570 meters in diameter and its trajectory will place it at a distance of 8 million kilometers from our planet, closer to home, says CNN. A «more or less benign» situation for experts from the American Space Agency.

This asteroid is of a «moderate size»

Lindley Johnson of NASA’s Global Coordinating Office for Defense says the asteroid is «of moderate size» and explains that half a dozen similar-sized aerolites are approaching each year. Not to mention that the solar system includes nearly 900 of a volume greater than that which advances towards the Earth. The specialists are therefore reassuring.

2006 QQ23 orbit

They explain having already studied the movements of «2006 QQ23» since the year 1901 and until 2200. Because a possible impact between the Earth and a foreign body of this size would cause significant damage over a large area . Even if this scenario occurred, NASA would then be able to launch a space mission to deflect the celestial object. When it comes to asteroids, «it’s the ones we do not know about that worry us,» says Kelly Fast, also a member of the Coordination Office.

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Additional information:

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Near-Earth Object Program Office: http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/

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