NASA has issued an alert about an asteroid that’s anticipated to make its closest strategy to Earth quickly. The asteroid, given the designation of Asteroid 2023 HL, will move Earth intently right now, June 16, at a distance of 5.1 million kilometers from the planet. Whereas this asteroid isn’t huge, it’s roughly the dimensions of a home, with a width of 45 toes, in keeping with NASA.
However not like different asteroids which move the planet at fearsome speeds, Asteroid 2023 HL is shifting in direction of slowly and steadily, at a tempo of 3730 kilometers per hour.
NASA has additionally revealed that this area rock belongs to the Amor group of Close to-Earth Asteroids that are Earth-approaching near-Earth asteroids with orbits exterior to Earth however inside to Mars’, named after asteroid 1221 Amor, which was found by Belgian astronomer E. Delporte in 1932.
The asteroid’s first shut strategy in recorded historical past occurred on 24 Might 1977 when it got here as shut as 35 million kilometers. Its final strategy was on 16 June 2009 at a distance of two.2 million kilometers. After right now, the asteroid will move Earth on 23 June 2035, at a distance of 5 million kilometers.
Strategy of naming asteroids defined
Asteroids are historical area rocks left over from the early formation of our photo voltaic system about 4.6 billion years in the past. Whereas these area rocks come near Earth fairly often, have you learnt how they’re named? In line with ESA, the method of assigning a provisional designation to an asteroid begins when a single observer detects it on two consecutive nights after which sends their findings to the Minor Planet Centre of the Worldwide Astronomical Union (IAU). The IAU assigns a provisional designation, which generally consists of a serial quantity like “2023 KT1”.
The provisional designation consists of the 12 months of the asteroid’s discovery, adopted by two letters that point out the order of its discovery throughout that 12 months. Now, one other intently noticed asteroid is anticipated to make its closest strategy to Earth right now.