NASA has reported on a space rock that does not pose a threat to Earth due to the distance at which it will pass – it will be five times farther from the planet than the Moon – but since it is a potentially dangerous object, its mention is remarkable. as it crosses Earth's orbit as it travels around the Sun.
Recall that asteroids are classified as potentially dangerous objects when: the rocks are more than 140 meters long and have orbits that transport them 7.5 million km from the Earth's orbit around the sun, according to NASA's Asteroid Watch .
The asteroid is about 1,100 meters long and after its approach on January 18, 2022 at 21:51 GMT, it will not be so close to Earth again until 2105. In fact, at that time, the asteroid will be closer of the Earth than it will ever be in the next 200 years. It was discovered in 1994 by Robert McNaught at the Siding Spring Observatory in Australia.
We will be able to see the live transmission of the passage of the asteroid through the Earth's orbit through the Virtual Telescope Project website.
Although it is just over a kilometer long, it is not the largest asteroid that passes close to Earth . Asteroid 3122 Florence (1981 ET3) is the current record holder and will approach us in September 2057 .