An asteroid able to destroying a couple of metropolis blocks will cross by Earth this week. The asteroid in query is Asteroid 2023 FM, which astronomers found final month. Very like one other just lately found asteroid, NASA and astronomers are engaged on fully finding out 2023 FM’s trajectory.
This explicit asteroid will cross near the Earth on April 6. It’s estimated to journey at roughly 15.8 km/s and can breeze previous Earth virtually 3 million kilometers from the planet. This isn’t wherever shut, which suggests we gained’t have to fret concerning the asteroid impacting our world in any manner.
If you’re curious, an asteroid the estimated measurement of 2023 FM may create a crater over 1,600 toes extensive, based on Asteroid Launcher, an internet site that permits you to see how a lot injury an asteroid may do when impacting Earth. After all, the precise specifics of the asteroid’s flight and make-up have an effect on this considerably.
Whereas Asteroid 2023 FM gained’t affect our planet, different asteroids just like the just lately found 2023 DW are estimated to hit our planet. Fortunately, the estimated date of affect isn’t for an additional 20-plus years. The chance that asteroids may collide with Earth has spurred NASA and others to create asteroid protection methods.
These methods embrace spacecraft like NASA’s DART, which collided with a small asteroid final yr, successfully altering its orbit and making a tail of particles because it floats via house. Different house businesses additionally need to create asteroid monitoring methods to maintain monitor of those celestial rocks.
Asteroid 2023 FM isn’t the one asteroid passing Earth this week, both. Different, smaller asteroids may even cross our planet, although none will pose any menace of affect. And, so far as we all know, there aren’t any planet killer asteroids with any trajectories that deliver them towards Earth.