It is expected that the asteroid, baptized by NASA's Asteroid 2019 CG5, will make an "Earth Close Approach" tonight. NASA's asteroid trackers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California have reduced the flyby to around 6:35 GMT (UTC). As it passes, the asteroid reaches a breakneck speed of 19,953.5 miles per hour or 32.112 kilometers per hour. This means that the CG5 asteroid covers more than 29,200 feet per second.
Luckily, there's nothing to worry about as the asteroid misses Earth by more than a million miles (2.28 million km) on its next approach.
Asteroid CG5 is a so-called Near-Earth Object (NEO), meaning that its orbit sometimes approaches dangerously close to Earth's orbit.
When NEOs race through space, they often approach space. The Earth rarely hits the planet.
NASA said, "While they are orbiting the sun, near-Earth objects may occasionally approach Earth.
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"Note that a" narrow "passage can be very far from a human perspective: Millions or even tens of millions of kilometers. "
According to the JPL, asteroid CG5 measures anywhere in the range of 36ft to 78.7ft (1
By all standards, CG5 seems to be a fairly non-threatening space rock, but similarly is well-known that large asteroids have done considerable damage in the past
And the flyby tonight comes one day after the anniversary of the Chelyabinsk Meteor incident 2013.
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Six years ago, a small asteroid penetrated one Width of 20 m in the direction of the sun into the atmosphere and broke out over the Chelyabinsk region in Russia.
The sudden appearance and explosion of the asteroid blew up windows in a room. In a wide area more than 1,000 people were injured and more than 7,000 buildings were damaged.
Bill Nye, television scientist and CEO of the Planetary Society, said: "It is the anniversary of the Chelyabinsk meteorite impact, which was no joke. Low probability – very high consequence. "
Today, however, all indicators suggest that asteroid CG5 will safely pass the Earth without invading our homeworld.
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NASA estimates that CG5's planet is at a distance of about 0.01524 astronomical units (au) almost missed.
An astronomical unit equals nearly 93 million miles (149.6 miles) of million kilometers) or the distance between the Earth and the Sun.
Asteroid CG5 will drastically reduce this to just 2.279 million kilometers from Earth today.
This is about 5.93 times the distance from Earth to the Moon – 5.93 lunar (LD) distances.
After leaving the earthly corner of space, the asteroid will pay another visit on the afternoon of June 8, 2066.