TEMPO.COM, Jakarta – The European Space Agency (ESA) has added a new asteroid to the Risk Register and the asteroid could hit Earth in 65 years, as reported by the Daily Mail on October 9, 2019.
Identified as SU3 for 2019, this celestial body has a diameter of about 46 feet (14 meters) and is listed as the fourth most dangerous asteroid that threatens our planet.
ESA notes that the impact could take place on September 16, 2084 and there is one of 152 possible collisions, but experts say the asteroid was not large enough for the event to have a major impact.
The risk list is a catalog of all objects whose probability of impact is not zero. Each entry contains details of the approach to Earth that is most at risk of impact and includes an estimated impact date, probability of impact and the size and speed of the asteroid.
ESA added a 2019 SU3 based on data it collected about the possibility of it crashing on Earth, as first reported by the International Business Times.
The asteroid is also listed in the agency's priority list, which allows experts to follow the asteroid's path. The asteroid is on the risk list for about 12 days.
ESA noted that the asteroid is estimated to move to Earth at a distance of only 0,00079 astronomical units or 73,435 miles. As it passes so close to Earth, experts worry that a slight push by the gravitational pull of neighboring planets could send it directly to our planet.
The agency also noted that the 2019 SU3 was an asteroid Apollo, part of the group of asteroids discovered in the 1930s, and offered a very wide orbit around our planet and was found to intersect with its own orbit on Earth.
The asteroid has also been found crossing into the orbits of Venus, Mercury and Mars, which are sources of deadly gravitational pulls. ESA has warned that "by the time it reaches Earth, this asteroid may already be in direct contact with the planet."
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