Asteroid: Close encounter with Earth today

FPJ BureauUpdated: Sunday, June 02, 2019, 08:31 AM IST
article-image

Last word Zero chance it will hurt us

New Delhi A newly discovered asteroid at least the size of a bus and orbiting around the sun, will pass in close proximity to the Earth on Monday. The asteroid 2011 MD will pass only 12,000 km

( 7,500 miles) above Earths surface at around 6.56 pm on Monday, Science Popularisation Association of Communicators and Educators Director C B Devgun said.

At closest approach, 2011 MD will pass in the day over the southern Atlantic Ocean near the coast of Antarctica. As the asteroid recedes from Earth, it will pass through the zone of geosynchronous satellites.

Measuring 10 metres, the asteroid for a brief time may be bright enough to be seen even with a modest- sized telescope, Devgun said.

The asteroid 2011 MD was recently discovered by a team of scientist in LINEAR Near- Earth Object Discovery Team scanning the sky from Socorro, New Mexico.

NASA analysts believe that since the asteroid is small, it does not pose any risk to the Earth, as in case it enters the Earths atmosphere it will get burnt up and only the asteroids ashes will reach the planets surface.

However, the encounter is close enough to sharply perturb the asteroids trajectory by the Earths gravity.

The asteroid orbits the Earth in 396 days. It will come close to the Earth next on May 10, 2023.

On an average, objects of this size can come this close to the Earth in about every 6 years, NASA said in its website. Asteroids are a class of small solar system bodies in the orbit around the Sun. The larger asteroids have also been called planetoids. PTI

(To receive our E-paper on whatsapp daily, please click here. To receive it on Telegram, please click here. We permit sharing of the paper's PDF on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.)

RECENT STORIES

Mumbai: Central Railway to promote local products at all stations under Atmnirbhar Bharat and Vocal...

Mumbai: Central Railway to promote local products at all stations under Atmnirbhar Bharat and Vocal...

Mumbai: Metro 3 cost surges 44% to Rs 10,269.82 crore

Mumbai: Metro 3 cost surges 44% to Rs 10,269.82 crore

Mumbai: Neurosurgeon successfully performs high-risk spine surgery on nonagenarian

Mumbai: Neurosurgeon successfully performs high-risk spine surgery on nonagenarian

Mumbai: Fire breaks out at Raey road hutments again; no injuries

Mumbai: Fire breaks out at Raey road hutments again; no injuries

Kejriwal promises to implement Constitution's Fifth Schedule in tribal areas in Gujarat

Kejriwal promises to implement Constitution's Fifth Schedule in tribal areas in Gujarat