Gigantic asteroid of April 19 "will pass very close but surely", according to NASA

Gigantic asteroid of April 19

"Although there is no possibility of the asteroid colliding with our planet, this will be a very close approach for an asteroid of this size," NASA warned on April 6.

Due to its size and brightness, this gigantic asteroid will even be visible with small telescopes.

“It will approach Earth from the direction of the Sun and will become visible in the night sky after April 19. It is predicted to clear up to magnitude 11, so it could be visible in small optical telescopes for a night or two before it fades as the distance from Earth rapidly increases, "the astronomers noted.

Without a doubt, for the scientists of the cosmos it will be an event, not only for amateur astronomers who will be observing it with their telescopes. Only small asteroids pass within the distance mentioned, and they do so "several times a week", but this rocky body is 650 meters, nothing small.

“It is the closest approach to Earth of any known asteroid of this size, or even larger, as the 5.1-kilometer (five-kilometer) asteroid Toutatis passed around four lunar distances in September 2004.

The next known encounter of an asteroid of comparable size will occur in 2027 when the asteroid 1999 AN10, 800 meters in diameter, will fly at a lunar distance of only 380,000 kilometers, more than neighboring Earth.

Asteroid 2014 JO25 was discovered in May 2014 by astronomers from the Catalina Sky Survey near Tucson, Arizona. The NASA Near Earth Object Observations Program team classified it as "Potentially Dangerous."

Measurements by NASA's NEOWISE team indicate that it is approximately 650 meters in size with "a surface approximately twice as reflective as that of the Moon."

He also clarifies that "very little is known about the physical properties of the object, although its trajectory is well known."

The meeting on April 19 will therefore serve to study something more of this type of asteroids. In fact, astronomers warn they plan to observe it with telescopes around the world "to learn as much as possible."

Among those that will fix their focus are NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar in California and the Arecibo Observatory of the National Science Foundation in Puerto Rico.

"The resulting images could reveal details of its surface as small as a few meters," the scientists conclude.

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