June 25, 2011 by staff
Asteroid 2011, Near-Earth asteroid will hit Earth 2011 MD on 27 June, but poses no threat, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) said on Friday. The asteroid will pass just 12,000 km (7,500 miles) above Earth’s surface around 9:30 GMT, according to JPL in Pasadena, Los Angeles. This asteroid small, only 5.20 meters in diameter, is much the same way the Earth orbits the Sun, but an orbitalanlysis indicates that there is no possibility that in fact strike the Earth on Monday, said JPL.
If an asteroid the size of 2.011 rocky MD were to enter Earth’s atmosphere, which is expected to burn up in the upper atmosphere and cause no damage to the surface of the Earth, said JPL.
The diagram gives an overview of the asteroid’s trajectory in the general direction of the sun. This view suggests that the 2011 MD reach its closest approach to Earth in extreme southern latitudes (in fact in the South Atlantic Ocean), according to JPL. The party of the entry path passes several thousand miles out of the ring of geostationary satellites and leg out a good time in the ring, said JPL.
For a brief time, can be bright enough to be seen even with a telescope of modest size.
One would expect an object of this size come so close to Earth about every six years on average.
The asteroid was discovered by the LINEAR near-Earth object discovery team from the observation of Socorro, New Mexico.
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