“November asteroid” is not a threat

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Astronomical Jeddah: “November asteroid” does not pose a threat. Today, Sunday August 23, 2020 02:11 pm

The President of the Astronomical Society in Jeddah, Eng. Majed Abu Zahra, said that the information reported by several media outlets about the approaching asteroid 2018 VP1, and the possibility of it colliding with Earth on November 2, 2020 is tentatively possible based on data from the Center for Studies of Near-Earth Objects in NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where there is a chance of Small 0.4% to collide with our planet.

However, there is no need to fear, because this asteroid is small with a diameter of only about two meters, so even if that space rock collides with the Earth, the majority of its mass will disintegrate in the upper atmosphere due to contact with the air, resulting in a beautiful fireball, and there is nothing It directly threatens lives.

The asteroid was observed for the first time at the Palomar Observatory in California in 2018, and for comparison, this asteroid is much smaller than the asteroid with a diameter of 20 meters that penetrated the skies of Russia in February 2013 and exploded at a low altitude and released from it with a very high energy that caused a shock wave in the sky that led to shattering the glass of buildings and injuries Humanity due to flying glass and the arrival of small pieces of the remains of that space rock to the surface of the Earth in the form of meteorites.

It is known that small asteroids such as the asteroid 2018 VP1 are located in close proximity to our planet and often enter the atmosphere, and exploit such opportunities to learn more about asteroids, such as the nature of their formation. It can tell us more about the origin of our planet.

In addition, monitoring asteroid movement is an excellent opportunity to test international capabilities to detect and track NEOs and assess our ability to together respond to any real threat to any major asteroid in the future.







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