Keep an eye on the asteroid size. “Half a football field” orbits the earth in February

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Keep an eye on the asteroid size. “Half a football field” orbits the earth in February

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Keep an eye on the asteroid size. – On January 18, Xinhua reported that the Zijinshan Observatory under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) revealed that asteroid half the size of a football field Prepare to orbit close to Earth in February But it is not a threat to the world in any way.

The observatory first discovered the asteroid on Jan. 1. The International Astronomical Union (IAU)’s Asteroid Center (MPC) later confirmed the discovery.

It was named 2022 AA (2022 AA), meaning it was the first near-Earth asteroid to be discovered in 2022 while at an observing station in the United States. And Chile has been keeping a close eye on the asteroid.

Keep an eye on the asteroid size.

China’s Near-Earth Object Telescope captures an image of the Earth-approaching asteroid 2022 AA on Jan. 1, 2021. Estimated to be 43 meters wide, the newly discovered object belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids. Such asteroids have orbits larger than Earth’s own orbit around the sun and their paths cross with Earth’s. (Purple Mountain Observatory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences/Handout via Xinhua)

The newly discovered asteroid, about 43 meters wide, is classified as the Apollo asteroid group, which has a larger orbit than the Earth’s orbit around the Sun and has a path opposite to that of Earth. Move through the world on 4 Feb.

Mr Zhao Haibin Chief Scientist of the Observatory’s Near-Earth Object Telescope Project indicates that the asteroid above is heading towards Earth. And is expected to approach the Earth’s surface at a distance of 2.55 million kilometers, if estimated from the distance. This asteroid will not pose a threat to Earth.

Keep an eye on the asteroid size.

An illustration of an asteroid passing near Earth. Estimated to be 43 meters wide, the newly discovered object belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids. Such asteroids have orbits larger than Earth’s own orbit around the sun and their paths cross with Earth’s. The Chinese observatory projects that the asteroid will make a flyby on Feb. 4. Zhao Haibin, chief scientist of the observatory’s Near-Earth Object Telescope program, said the asteroid is heading toward Earth and is expected to approach a distance of 2.55 million kilometers from Earth’s surface. “Given the distance, it will pose no threat to Earth,” Zhao said. /CFP

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