A newly discovered asteroid will be zip Asteroid 201 8 VX1, which researcher Beliefs are from 26 feet to 59…
A newly discovered asteroid will be zip
8 VX1, which researcher Beliefs are from 26 feet to 59 meters wide (8 to 18 meters), will come within about 236,000 miles (380,000 miles) of our planet under this pass. It is a smidge closer to the moon, which circuits the earth at an average distance of about 239,000 miles (384,600 km).
Virtual Telescope Project will fly a show about 2018 VX1’s airfield on Saturday, from kl. EST (1800 GMT). You can watch the live show here on Space.com, or directly through the Virtual Telescope Project.
2018 VX1 was only discovered last week, November 4th. The asteroid takes about 1.6 earth years to complete a lap around the sun. There is no risk of an impact on this aviation city of our planet, researchers say.
Two other newly discovered asteroids will also zoom through the Earth’s neighborhood Saturday, but nobody will get nearly as close as the 2018 VX1. 2018 VS1 and 2018 VR1, both of which were the first time last week, will cross distances of about 800,000 miles (1.3 million km) and 3.1 million miles (5 million km) respectively.
Such surprise visits just reinforce how many Asteroids near the Earth are out there and how few of them astronomers have discovered. The NEA population is assumed number in millions, but researchers have found and tracked only 19,000 such items so far.
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There are some good news, though: The risk of a disastrous, potentially civilization-changing effect is low, at least for the moment . Researchers believe that they have found more than 90 percent of the NEAs in the mountains out there, and none of them pose a threat in the foreseeable future.
Mike Wall’s book on the search for alien life “Out There,” will be published on November 13 by Grand Central Publishing. Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall . Follow us @Spacedotcom or Facebook. Originally published on Space.com.