Even if it collided with the Earth, the asteroid “2020 Kyuji” was not expected to cause damage, but its disintegration in the atmosphere would have formed a fireball in the sky, as NASA’s Jet Propalacht Laboratory said in a statement.
The asteroid was observed six hours after its passage by the Zoeke Transient Facility, at the Palomar Observatory at Caltech University in California, in the form of a long, bright line in the sky.
Asteroids explosion can be detected in the atmosphere, as happened in Chelyabinsk, Russia, in 2013. At that time, an object explosion of about 20 meters in size shattered glass kilometers away and injured about 1000 people.
“It was very interesting to see a small asteroid at this very close distance, because we were able to see the Earth’s gravity affect its path,” said Paul Chodas, director of the Center for Near Earth Object Studies at NASA.
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