A huge asteroid speed towards our planet. As long as four times the Empire State Building, it was baptized 7335 (1989 JA). According to Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) from NASA, this meteor will pass close to earth on May 27, 2022. Fortunately, this one will miss our planet about 4 million kilometers, nearly 10 times the average distance between the Earth and the Moon.
Scientists claimed that the 7335 (1989 JA) will meet again our planet in 2055. During this passage, its path will be a little further from that of the Earth. In effect, the asteroid will pass us by about 70 times the distance between the Earth and the Moon. Note that this star is one of the 29,000 Near-Earth Objects (NEO) that NASA monitors closely every year.
According always to same american space agencythis asteroid is moving very quickly. Its speed has been estimated at around 76,000 km/h, 20 times faster than a bullet.
A space rock closely watched by NASA
NASA has identified a cluster of space rocks called “Apollo class” which not only revolve around the sunbut periodically intersect Earth’s orbit. As asteroid 7335 (1989 JA) is part of this group, this American government agency was able to assess its level of danger in the event that it should one day deviate from its trajectory and collide with Earth.
Incidentally, NASA recently launched a spacecraft called the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) intended to collide head-on with a 160 meter wide asteroid named Dimorphos to change its orbital path and avert any danger to our planet.
A potentially dangerous NEO
NASA classifies everything celestial object which passes less than 48 million kilometers from earth’s orbit like a near-Earth cruiser. Most of them are relatively small, but asteroid 7335 (1989 JA) is among the largest.
Scientists have classified this huge space rock as “ potentially dangerous » given his dimensions and its relative proximity with the Earth. Indeed, he cancause significant damageif its orbit were to change and it were to crash into Earth.