NASA Warns Asteroid in Earth’s Near Close Approach
NASA’s Asteroid Warning System has activated and warned us of the Asteroid dubbed as 2019 CB2 is in the Near Close Approach. The Near Close approach is the transit trajectory of the asteroid that is way near earth. The asteroid will pass from nearest possible distance from Earth on 1.20am GMT (UTC) on Sunday, February 10. Scientists at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California spotted the Asteroid on February 2. 2019 and pinpointed the trajectory and the time of passage. The asteroid will flyby with incredible speeds of 29,125mph or nearly 13.02 km/ per second, which is way faster than any human-made vehicle.
The Asteroid 2019 CB2 will fly with the speeds of Mach 36, which is 36 times faster than the speed of sound. As assumed before when spotted the asteroid, it will not collide with the earth as the trajectory is way beyond the danger zone. The asteroid will fly 1.04 million miles away from the planet with safe passage, but still remarkably close to the earth.
The Asteroid 2019 CB2 is the NEO or Near-Earth-Objects. These are mostly the small asteroids that orbit the sun in long elliptical orbits, and mostly, their orbits are way too close to that of the earth. That’s why they pass very close to earth, and some might even hit the earth in the near future. On the human scale, the distance between the earth and most adjacent orbit of the asteroid is vast and millions of miles. But when it comes to the cosmic level, it is very close and dangerous. A slight change in the orbit might be dangerous for our planet and life. As of now, NASA is discovered nearly 19,585 Near-earth-Asteroids or NEAs.