Asteroid To Flyby Earth

Posted by on Tuesday, February 9, 2016


An asteroid is going to fly past Earth on March 5, 2016. The good news is that there’s essentially no chance of it hitting us, however it will come very close to the blue planet.
It's name is "Asteroid 2013 TX68" and will come within 14 million kilometers and 17,000 kilometers (which is lower than the orbit of geostationary satellites).
2013 TX68 is an Apollo asteroid and Near-Earth object discovered on October 6, 2013 by the Catalina Sky Survey, during which it was near a close approach of 5.4 Lunar distances from the Earth.
The asteroid is about twice the size of the Chelyabinsk meteor that exploded over Russia in February 2013, measuring roughly 30 meters (100 feet) in diameter.
NASA recently set up a new asteroid defense office to better track hazardous asteroids.



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