NASA has announced that a massive asteroid is going to pass by Earth this Monday. The space rock, which is twice the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, is traveling at incredible speeds of over 28,200 mph. The fascinating space rock is dubbed 441987 (2010 NY65) and will pass by Earth quite close around noontime on June the 24th.
NASA has kept an eye on the rock for a while, being found in 2010, and labeled as a near-Earth object (NEO). As the space agency notes, a NEO is a space rock whose close orbit makes it approach a zone between about 91 million and 121 million miles from the Sun, which means that it can pass within approximately 30 million miles of our planet’s orbit.
Several NEOs innocuously travel through this part of the solar system each year and are captured by NASA’s asteroid trackers before they pass by Earth. These rocks can approach the Earth after having been pushed by the gravitational attraction of neighbor planets into orbits that permit them to access the Earth’s vicinity.
Massive Asteroid Makes Its Annual Flyby Next To Earth This Monday
When it comes to asteroid 441987 (2010 NY65), it travels via our planet’s neighborhood are quite regular, happening almost every year. After carefully tracking its orbital trajectory for more than eight years, scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have concluded that this specific space rock in an Aten-type asteroid.
What this means is that the object is ‘Earth-crossing,’ as it cannot get any closer to the Earth but also at times can cross our planet’s orbit. As a matter of fact, Aten asteroids are most likely to be found inside Earth’s orbit, NASA says.
With time, the incredible asteroid has been mentioned a lot of times before its close approaches to our planet. Besides from its enormous size, another reason why the media has always said the space rock 441987 (2010 NY65) is that is has been labeled as a potentially threatening rock.
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