February 8, 2023

An asteroid the size of a truck will approach Earth on January 26th

2023 BU will pass over the southern tip of South America on January 26.
Clarification: NASA/JPL-Caltech

An asteroid is on its way to Earth, but don’t worry –the end Not here. The asteroid, dubbed 2023 BU, is roughly the size of a box The truck is not expected to affect our planet during its flyby on Thursday. However, it will beOne of the closest approaches ever recorded by a known NEO,According to a NASA scientist.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said in a statement Release Wednesday thaBU 2023 is about 11.5 to 28 feet (3.5 to 8.5 meters) across, small enough to mostly burn up in our atmosphere if it hit us.. But NASA does not expect the planet to collide with 2023 BU. Instead, the asteroid will pass by 2,200 miles (3,600 kilometers) over the southern tip of South America on Thursday, January 26, It’s 4:32 p.m. PST. NASA was able to calculate the asteroid’s position and trajectory using Near Earth Asteroid Scouta risk assessment system.

“Scout 2023 BU was quickly ruled out as a collider, but despite very few observations, it was able to predict that the asteroid would come unusually close to Earth,” said David Farnocchia. Navigation engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory who developed the Scout. “In fact, this is one of the closest approaches ever recorded by a known NEO.”

2023 BU is approaching us and then some satellites orbiting our planet, and the Earth’s gravity changes the asteroid’s path around the Sun from circular to more elongated. was the asteroid It was discovered by Gennadiy Borisov at the MARGO Observatory in Nauchnyi, Crimea on January 21. Since then, observatories across the planet have also detected 2023 BU, leading to powerful models of the asteroid.s path and potential risks.

Astronomers have revealed the year 2023 and its immediate study Offers How a powerful workflow has become for human asteroid detection. Our ability to finally defend our planet is also progressing Successful DART test task to distraction asteroid the last October.