An asteroid is tracked by NASA, and it’s supposed to shoot past our planet during this weekend at more than 29k miles per hour.
Express.co.uk says that the asteroid is “dubbed by NASA Asteroid 2019 CB2, is barreling towards a so-called “Earth Close Approach.” NASA’s scientists have pinpointed the asteroid’s passage down to 1.20am GMT (UTC) on Sunday, February 10. The incredible flyby comes just five days after NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) first observed the rock on February 2. As it zips by, Asteroid CB2 will breach speeds of nearly 29,125mph or 13.02km per second.”
In other words, the asteroid is flying through space at about 38 times the speed of sound. But don’t worry because it seems that the space rock will not be slamming into the planet at full speed.
According to NASA, the asteroid will miss the Earth by about 650,000 miles.
The asteroid is a NEO
The object is called a NEO-Near Earth Object which means an asteroid or comet that’s on an orbital path crisscrossing the path of our planet.
When NEOs go through the void of the solar system, they can happen to come close to our planet and the Sun as well.
NASA explained: “As they orbit the Sun, Near-Earth Objects can occasionally approach close to Earth.
The agency continued and said: “Note that a ‘close’ passage astronomically can be very far away in human terms: millions or even tens of millions of kilometers.”
In our terms, this means a considerable distance, but in terms of cosmic distances, this is really close.
NASA delays the launch of the Crew Dragon
NASA was in the spotlight recently again after delaying the launch the Crew Dragon for the first test flight.
SpaceX and NASA have decided to push the date to 2nd March. The test will have the capsule fly uncrewed to the ISS on top a Falcon 9 rocket. Neither NASA nor SpaceX explained why they are delaying the test,
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