BEACON TRANSCRIPT – The North American Space Agency recently announced that an asteroid will be flying past Earth in the following month. The big chunk of rock dubbed 2013 TX68 will pay us a visit in March after it last visited our planet in 2013.
According to NASA, the asteroid named 2013 TX68, because it was first sighted in 2013, will perform another close flyby. The space agency announced that this time the marauding celestial object will be getting within 11.000 miles of Earth, which roughly translates as pretty close.
Also, the scientists working for NASA have a hard time tracking the celestial body due to its erratic trajectory. According to their observations, the asteroid’s path is so unpredictable that it is highly likely that during the March encounter, 2013 TX68 could slate by Earth at a distance of 11.000 miles, or it can wave bye-bye to our planet from a whopping distance of 9 million miles.
Before you suggest that the scientists should make their mind on their predictions, bear in mind that plotting the celestial body’s real trajectory is very difficult, mainly due to the fact that the scientists did not have many chances of studying it.
Furthermore, according to their estimations, it’s even possible that during the March display, the asteroid won’t even be visible. Not even NASA’s observatory won’t be able to pick up the object. But there’s a good chance that 2013 TX68 will be picked up by one of the satellites monitoring asteroid traffic.
Also, the scientists working for NASA’s Propulsion Jet Lab have stated that there is no chance that the asteroid will hit Earth in March. However, don’t break out the champagne just yet, because this cosmic bad boy will be swinging again past Earth in 2017, on the 28th of September. Although the scientists have predicted that the asteroid won’t hit Earth during the 2017 approach, there’s still a slim chance out there. According to their estimation, the odds of the asteroid hitting Earth is one in 250 million each time the asteroid swing by Earth.
2013 TX68 will pay us a visit in March, but according to NASA, our planet is not in any immediate danger, though it is hard to predict what will happen in distant future, given the fact that the asteroid will slate pass Earth again in 2046 and 2097.
The asteroid measures 100 feet in diameter, and it’s somewhat bigger than the asteroid that hit Chelyabinsk back in 2013.