If you hunt for asteroid 2000 QW7 on Google and Twitter, you will see words such as “rogue,” “skim past Earth” and “fear.” Don’t panic.
Asteroid 2000 QW7 is among two noteworthy space stones that can pass by Earth this weekend, but NASA wants all to know there’ll be lots of space between them and us. A NASA release this week highlighted that asteroid 2000 QW7 and asteroid 2010 C01 don’t pose a danger to the world.
NASA does not call out each asteroid that gets within spitting distance of Earth since there are so damn many of them. The space service appears to be heading off a couple of news posts which have filtered out on the net and across social networking.
First upwards will probably be asteroid 2010 C01, which can be roughly 400 to 850 ft (120 into 260 meters) in size and will fly by late on Friday, Sept. 13. Next upward is 2000 QW7 in 950 into two,100 ft (290 into 650 meters) in dimension. It will traipse past early on Saturday, Sept. 14.
“Both of these asteroids are passing at about 14 lunar distances from the Earth, or about 3.5 million miles away, but small asteroids pass by Earth this close all the time,” said NASA planetary defense officer Lindley Johnson.
NASA has been monitoring the asteroids for many years and has a fantastic understanding of their orbits. They are categorized as close -Earth objects (NEOs) since they come in to our cosmic area, but is painful currently.
Asteroid 2000 QW7 is an intriguing stone. Astronomers called it “unusually bright” as it was initially found in 2000. It will visit our field of distance in 2038, as it’s going to cozy up somewhat nearer, but nevertheless pass safely .
Originally printed Sept. 12.