Asteroid flies ‘EXTREMELY CLOSE’ distance at record speed | Science...

Asteroid flies ‘EXTREMELY CLOSE’ distance at record speed | Science...
Asteroid flies ‘EXTREMELY CLOSE’ distance at record speed | Science...

A space rock called 2020 UF3 that was shot down from Earth on October 22nd. Astronomers can take pictures of the passing asteroid. According to the Virtual Telescope Project, the asteroid passed at a distance of only 42,000 kilometers, which is roughly 11 percent the distance between the Earth and the Moon.

NASA data showed the asteroid was flying at 22 kilometers per hour, or more than 79,000 kilometers per hour.

At this speed, the asteroid 2020 UF3 could orbit the earth twice in just one hour.

The Virtual Telescope Project described it as the fastest asteroid the astronomical group had ever observed.

Its website states: “The near-Earth asteroid 2020 UF3 surely came very close to our planet and reached a minimum distance from Earth of about 42,000 km, 11 percent of the average distance from the Moon.

“It moved extremely quickly in the sky and set a record for the virtual telescope system.

“The above picture is from a single exposure of 3 seconds (only three seconds!), Which was taken from a distance with the robot unit ‘Elena’ (PlaneWave 17 ″ + Paramount ME + SBIG STL-6303E) available from Virtual Telescope.

“At the time of the above image, 2020 UF3 was at the minimum distance from our observatory (39,600 km) and the telescope was tracking its extremely fast speed of 7,000 inches / minute (2 degrees per minute, four times the angular size of) apparent movement the lunar disk: this is the fastest asteroid we have ever observed.

“This 5.7-13 meter asteroid was discovered on October 21, 2020 while surveying Mt. Lemmon and reached its minimum distance from Earth on October 22, 2020 at 10:17 pm UTC.”

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NASA said, “NEOs are comets and asteroids that have been pushed into orbits by the gravitational pull of nearby planets that allow them to enter the vicinity of Earth.

“The scientific interest in comets and asteroids is mainly based on their status as relatively unchanged remnants of the formation process of the solar system about 4.6 billion years ago.

“The huge outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune) that arose from a collection of billions of comets, and the remnants of that formation process are the comets we see today.

“Likewise, today’s asteroids are the remains of the initial agglomeration of the inner planets, which include Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars.”

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