Today, Sunday evening, the globe is witnessing the transit of a newly discovered small asteroid called 2021 LO2 with a diameter of nine meters at a distance of 0.58 lunar distances or 221,404 kilometers, and it is moving at a speed of 8.7 kilometers per second at 07:16 pm local time Saudi It’s 04:16 PM GMT and it’s not on a collision course with our planet.
The Jeddah Astronomical Society said that the asteroid was discovered at the Mount Lemon Observatory in Arizona on June 8, when it was approaching. with the Earth’s orbit.
The association clarified on its official page on Facebook that if the asteroid 2021 LO2 was on a collision course with Earth, it would disintegrate above the Earth’s atmosphere in the form of a fireball and would not have an impact on the safety of Earth’s inhabitants.
She pointed out the need to take advantage of such opportunities to learn more about asteroids, such as the nature of their formation. These objects, such as a time machine from the remnants of our solar system, retain many secrets of that era and can tell us more about the origin of our planet. In addition, observing the movement of the asteroid is an excellent opportunity to test international capabilities to Discover and track NEOs and assess our ability to jointly respond to any real asteroid threat in the future.
It is worth noting that this well-known asteroid number 64 has passed close to Earth within one lunar distance or 384,401 kilometers since the beginning of the year and the third during the month of June so far.