Closer to the Earth the asteroid of enormous size

NASA has classified the asteroid 2019 GC6 as “potentially dangerous” object

Evgeniy Opanasenko

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The asteroid received the name 2019 GC6

April 18, NASA astronomers have detected the approach of a large asteroid to Earth. Cosmic body, called 2019 GC6, was the size of a house came to the planet at the closest distance than any other object, flying earlier, according to Naked Science.

The asteroid was discovered Katalinski heavenly overview of NASA for nine days before it passed the Earth. Maximum convergence occurred at 6:41 am GMT, and the minimum distance to the surface amounted to 219 thousand kilometers – about a little more than half the distance to the moon.

NASA has classified the asteroid 2019 GC6 as “potentially dangerous” object, but it does not mean that he directly threatened the Land – the Agency uses this term in relation to any near-earth objects passing within eight million kilometers from the earth’s orbit and massive enough to cause significant damage to the Land, according to the Department for the coordination of planetary defense NASA.

According to a statement from the jet propulsion Laboratory of NASA, at that time, the asteroid moved with a relative speed of 20 thousand km/h. the Space Agency calculated that its diameter is about 30 meters.

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However, the fact that many asteroids remain undetected literally until the last moment — or even after time to fly past our planet — makes such a broad definition NASA about potentially dangerous objects is somewhat less encouraging. Closest to Earth this year, March 28, flew by asteroid 2019 FC1, seen by astronomers only the day before the event. This space rock was twice closer to the planet than 2019 GC6.

To protect Earth, NASA and other world organizations are constantly scanning the skies in search of new threats, cataloguing every space rock orbiting the earth and learning new ways to stop an asteroid flying straight at the Ground before disaster strikes.

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We will remind that earlier scientists have obtained the first ever “live” photos of a black hole. The space telescope “Hubble” captures a giant picture of the Universe size 664 megapixels.

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