March 5th: the day an asteroid will not hit the Earth

Have you heard about the Asteroid 2013 TX 68? No?

Discovered on October 6, 2013, this “little” guy is now passing by at an impressively close distance of planet Earth, but there’s no need to worry, there is no scientific probability of it hitting us.

Travelling at a speed of 32,212 miles per hour (51,840 km/h), the calculated distance between our planet and the asteroid ranges between 14 million kilometres (9 million miles) and 17,000 kilometres (11,000 miles, in comparison, the moon’s distance is about a quarter-million miles). This means that it might get closer than the geostationary satellites that orbit the Earth.

But just so you can sleep well at night, let scientists assure you that the chance of the asteroid hitting us, is of an insignificant 1 in 250 million! "The possibility of collision is far too small to be of any real concern" Paul Chodas said, manager of NASA’s Center for NEO Studies (CNEOS) in California.

With an estimated 38 meters (125 ft) of diameter, this space rock is about twice the size of the Chelyabinsk meteor that crashed on Russian soil, back in 2013.

Even though there is no evidence of a rocky object hitting us in the near future, NASA is investing in a new “Asteroid Defence Office” to deflect an asteroid if we ever need to – there are even nuclear explosions being considered for this, how crazy is that?

For now, let’s just wait for it to pass by and who knows, maybe we can see it using Science4you's Telescope science toy?

Scientific Fact:
Did you know an asteroid is any of numerous small celestial bodies composed of rock and metal that move around the sun, sometimes passing by other planets?

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