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Asteroid up to 4 km in diameter will pass close to Earth in April, NASA warns

With a size equivalent to twice that of Pico da Neblina, the asteroid 1998 IR2 should pass 6 million km from here and, according to NASA, this is close.

A space rock arrives "close" to Earth on April 29. Fortunately, of course, it doesn't hit our planet. THE NASA, the American space agency, reported that the asteroid called 52768 (1998 IR2) can have between 1.8 and 4.1 km in diameter, that is, to become the twice the height of Pico da Neblina, the largest in Brazil.

In another perspective, he half of Mount Everest, or almost exactly 5x the size of the Burj Khalifa, Dubai skyscraper, the current tallest building ever made by a human. The name ?1998? also indicates the year of the first time the claim was seen. This time, it passes at a speed of 31 million km / h.

The fact that the notion of ?proximity? dictated by the space agency between us and the asteroid can also seem surreal to any terrestrial: he is 6.3 million kilometers from the closest point to Earth. This is more than 16 times the distance between us and the Moon.

The asteroid and other nearby objects

Solar system, recreating orbits in 2 dimensions, colored. Asteroid 1998 OR2.orbit of 1998 OR2 compared to the Solar System (Reproduction / NASA)

Even with the distance, he was classified as a near Earth object (NEO), or an ?object close to Earth?, in free translation. For NASA, any object 193 million km from here is considered close. If you understand English and are curious about the topic, it is worth checking out NASA's own page dedicated to nearby objects.

On the website, there is an area dedicated to the closest objects to arrive here. One, the closest (but not the size of 1998 IR2) is 2020 DP4, which will go 1.3 million km from here this Sunday. Another farther (6.1 million km) and smaller, pass this Thursday.

Luckily for us, none of these spatial objects, however ?big and rocky? they may be, will have their orbit aligned with the Earth for quite some time. The 1998 IR2, for example, already has its route recognized by NASA in the next 200 years. He will be closer in 2079, four times the distance between us and the Moon (LD, or "Lunar Distance", a measure frequently used by the space agency for this type of classification).

NASA site on study of objects close to Earth, CNEOSObjects that will pass ?close? here in the next few days (Reproduo / CNEOS)

In contrast to this, there is an average of at least 30 NEOs every week. CNEOS (Center for Near Earth Object Studies), the center responsible for studying nearby objects, states that there will be at least 25 by the beginning of May only those that are less than 20 LD.

If you are awake only 6:56 am on April 29, you can see the passage of the 1998 IR2 live, via VirtualTelescope. Recalling that, last week, NASA also released a 4K video of the Moon, which is worth checking out.

SOURCES: New York Post, Tech Times.