Asteroid Threat in 2019?

Posted by on Sunday, October 29, 2017

Known as NT7 the near-Earth object  has a diameter of 2 kilometers and could be on a collision course with Earth.

NT7 became the first object observed by NASA's NEO program to be assigned a positive rating on both the Torino Scale and the Palermo Technical Impact Hazard Scale, for a potential impact on February 1, 2019.

It was discovered on 9 July 2002, by the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research team at the U.S. Lincoln Laboratory Experimental Test Site in Socorro, New Mexico.

As of July 25, 2002, the hazard rating on the Palermo scale had been lowered to -0.25. However, the discovery of an object with an initial Palermo hazard rating of 0.06 was a historical event for the NEO observation program.

2002 NT7 was removed from the Sentry Risk Table on August 1, 2002.

It is now known that on January 13, 2019 the asteroid will safely pass 61,010,000 km from the Earth.



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