NASA Asteroid Tracker: 2 Massive Asteroids Zip Incredibly Close To Earth Today

James Marshall
June 9, 2019

Well, there are lots of space rocks, that are usually some of the Near-Earth Objects, as the space agencies dubbed them, which frequently fly next to Earth.

Although the European Space Agency (ESA) has placed asteroid 2006QV89 on its Risk List, there's no reason to sound the alarms just yet.

An asteroid about the size of a football field is expected to fly close to Earth this coming September.

There is a one-in-7,000 chance an asteroid whose diameter is larger than the width of a football field could strike Earth in September. It is now around 4.2 million miles away from the Earth, and, despite there being a chance the modeling might be off, the ESA noted that the chance is less than one-hundredth of 1 percent.

The asteroid, 2006 QV89, which was discovered on August 29, 2006 through the Catalina Sky Survey, is a space rock that cycles around the sun, taking around 475.4 days to make a full cycle. However, you shouldn't worry about it since this giant space rock has only one in 7,000 chances to impact Earth this fall. After its 2019 flyby, the object is expected to swoop by Earth in 2032, 2045 and 2062, the ESA reported. The first one on the list has a diameter of just 9 meters while the actual beast rests on the second place: an object called 1979XB, with a diameter of 900 meters that's expected to say hello to us sometime around 2113.

A space rock that has twice the width of the asteroid that blew up in the air over Russian Federation back in 2013 is going to travel at a close distance from Earth this year, in September, and astronomers say that there is a tiny chance that it could have a more significant impact than they initially thought.

2006QV89 is now 4.2 million miles away from us. These types of asteroids are classified as PHAs. The flash of light caught the attention of amateur astronomers as the moon was eclipsed by the Earth and shrouded in darkness.

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine spoke at the International Academy of Astronautics Planetary Defense Conference in May saying that tracking and studying meteors as well as other near-Earth objects is a top priority for NASA.

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