ASTEROID PASSING CLOSE TO EARTH TOMORROW

ASTEROID PASSING CLOSE TO EARTH TOMORROW

Asteroid to have ‘extremely close encounter’ with Earth this week

An asteroid will have an “extremely close encounter” with Earth on Thursday, when it flies by the planet at a distance of fewer than 20,000 miles, according to the Virtual Telescope Project.

Asteroid 2020 SW will safely fly past the planet at a distance of approximately 17,556 miles, according to EarthSky.org.

ASTEROID PASSING CLOSE TO EARTH TOMORROW

ASTEROID PASSING CLOSE TO EARTH TOMORROW

Asteroid 2020 SW will pass at a safe distance, probably over Australia or New Zealand, during its closest approach.
Green line indicates the asteroid’s trajectory, with blue marks indicating position every 30 minutes. Yellow line points toward the sun.

It was first discovered on Sept. 18, 2020, by the  Mt. Lemmon Observatory in Arizona, but it has made close approaches since Sept. 1975, according to NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS). Since 1975, it has made approaches at a fairly constant rate.

The exact size of 2020 SW is unclear, but it is “estimated to be about 14 to 32 feet in diameter,” according to EarthSky.org.

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