Astronomical Jeddah: A small asteroid will pass near our planet on Saturday … and there is no danger


The head of the Astronomical Society in Jeddah, Engineer Majed Abu Zahra, stated that a newly discovered small asteroid will pass near our planet on Saturday April 10, 2021 called 2021 GT3 with a diameter of 20 meters and it is moving at a speed of 24.4 kilometers per second and will fall at a distance of 104,718,509 kilometers, which means that it will pass safely and there is no risk of colliding with our planet It will not be seen with the naked eye.

The asteroid 2021 GT3 is the same size as the asteroid that penetrated the skies of Russia in February 2013 and disintegrated at a low altitude and released from it a very high energy that caused a shock wave resulting from the explosion in the sky that led to shattering building glass and human injuries due to flying glass, and small pieces of that space rock reached the surface Earth in the form of meteorites.

Small asteroids approaching the Earth are likely to have their orbit affected by the Earth’s gravity, an effect called “gravitational assist” that space agencies use to help propel spacecraft to different places in our solar system.

It takes advantage of such opportunities to learn more about asteroids, such as the nature of their formation, as these bodies are like a time machine from the remnants of our solar system that retain many secrets of that era and it is possible to tell us more about the origin of our planet.

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


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