The observatory had spotted the asteroid for the first time on January 1, and the International Astronomical Union’s Small Planets Center confirmed the discovery of the asteroid and named it “AA 2022”, which means that it is the first near-Earth asteroid that was discovered this year.
Monitoring stations in the United States and Chile have been keeping a close eye on him ever since.
The newly discovered object, estimated to be 43 meters wide, belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids. The orbits of these asteroids are larger than the Earth’s orbit around the Sun, and their paths intersect with the Earth’s orbit.
The Chinese observatory expects the asteroid to move close to Earth on February 4th.
Zhao Haibin, chief scientist of the observatory’s Near-Earth Object Telescope Program, said that the asteroid is heading towards Earth and is expected to approach the Earth’s surface at a distance of 2.55 million km, adding that “given at this distance, the asteroid will not pose a threat to Earth.” .
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