BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Astronomers have announced that a massive asteroid is about to pass right by our planet this April. They argue that we have no reason to worry because its trajectory indicates that the chances to hit us are close to zero. Scientists predict that the asteroid does not pose any threat since it will pass by Earth. The space object is known as 2014 JO25, and it is estimated to hurtle towards our planet on April 19.
NASA specialists argue that the massive asteroid does not pose a threat to us
NASA experts stated that the space rock would not enter our atmosphere. There is no chance that this massive asteroid collides with Earth, but, however, the celestial object will pass very close to our planet. The NEOWISE space probe of NASA has tried to establish the size of this asteroid and indicated that it might be about 2,000 feet in size. The estimated size is similar to the length of six NFL football fields.
People are concerned about the news and are curious to find out how close the asteroid will be. NASA suggested that 2014 JO25 will be at approximately 1.1 million miles from our planet. Scientists that this distance is equivalent to 4.6 times the distance from the moon to Earth. Astronomers argue that the distance from Terra to the moon is about 239,000 miles.
The 2014 JO25 was discovered by scientists in 2014
In the last 13 years, this is the closest pass of an asteroid of this grandeur. Back in 2004, another massive asteroid known as Toutatis traveled very close to Earth, passing right by us. Other curious people are asking whether the asteroid would be visible from Earth. NASA specialists noted that the asteroid has a reflective surface and a telescope might help any sky watcher witness the event.
The asteroid will approach our planet from the direct of the sun, being visible in the night sky on April 19. Nevertheless, if you do not own a telescope, you can look at it online. The asteroid 2014 JO25 was discovered by astronomers in 2014. On April 19, the asteroid will have its closest encounter with our planet for the last four hundred years. NASA declared that during that day all telescopes around the world would focus on recording the asteroid’s every move to try and find out more details about it.
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