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A minibus-sized asteroid is approaching Earth

On the night of Friday, January 27, the asteroid 2023 BU will pass near the Earth, and its maximum distance to our planet will be 3,600 km.

As reported by Ukrinform, the BBC reported it.

About the size of a minibus, the space rock known as 2023 BU will fly over the southern tip of South America at 02:27 Kyiv time.

Its maximum distance to Earth will be only 3,600 kilometers.

Astronomers are confident that 2023 BU will not touch our planet, even if it enters the orbit occupied by the earth’s telecommunications satellites, located at an altitude of 36,000 km from us.

The chance of hitting one of the satellites is “very small”.

It was noted that even if the 2023 BU is on a direct collision course with Earth, it will struggle to inflict significant damage to it. With an estimated size of 3.5 to 8.5 meters, the rock must have been fragmented in the higher atmosphere. It would still make a gorgeous fireball painting.

“2023 BU is a newly discovered object that has probably passed the Earth thousands of times before. “This time it will fly only 3,600 km from Earth,” said Professor Don Pollaco from the University of Warwick (England).

As reported by Ukrinform, an asteroid about 88 meters in diameter passed by Earth on Saturday, January 14.

Source: Ukrinform



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