A dangerous asteroid with a diameter of more than 1 km will approach the Earth in October

By TravelWiseSep 16, 2023 07:39 AMNews
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The potentially dangerous asteroid 349507 (2008 QY) with a diameter of up to 1.2 km is approaching the Earth.

The celestial body flew close to the Earth 34 years ago. This time, the asteroid will pass the planet at a distance of no more than 6 million kilometers, according to NASA Center for Near-Earth Objects.

The maximum approach of the asteroid to the Earth will take place on October 3 at 20:39 UTC (23:39 Kyiv time). The distance between the two objects will be 0.042 AU or about 6.3 million kilometers. At the same time, all celestial bodies flying closer than 7.5 million kilometers from the Earth are considered potentially dangerous.

Scientists estimate the size of the asteroid to be between 520 and 1200 meters. Its speed is 20.96 kilometers per hour.

349 507 (2008 QY) was first spotted on September 30, 1989. After that, the object disappeared for 33.5 years and reappeared in astronomers' telescopes on February 13, 2023. It belongs to the category of crossers or those that cross the Earth's orbit. However, this does not mean that the celestial body will collide with the planet.

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