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Monday, February 8, 2016

Asteroid to Pass Close to Earth in March


An asteroid could get as close as just 11,000 miles from the Earth
surface when it passes by our planet on March 5. WSJ's Monika Auger
reports. Photo: NASA



100-Foot Asteroid to Buzz Earth Next Month

asteroid 2013tx68 graphic 
An asteroid as long as a basketball court will give Earth a close shave
next month — though scientists aren't sure just how close.

The near-Earth asteroid 2013 TX68,
which is thought to be about 100 feet (30 meters) in diameter, will
zoom past our planet on March 5. The space rock could come as close as
11,000 miles (17,700 kilometers) — less than 5 percent of the distance
from Earth to the moon — or stay up to 9 million miles (14.5 million km)
away during the flyby, NASA officials said.

"The variation in
possible closest-approach distances is due to the wide range of possible
trajectories for this object, since it was tracked for only a short
time after discovery," NASA officials wrote in a statement Wednesday
(Feb. 3). [Potentially Dangerous Asteroids in Pictures]

There
is no danger that 2013 TX68, which was first spotted in October 2013,
will collide with Earth on this pass, researchers said. However, there
is an extremely slight chance — less than 1 in 250 million — of an
impact on Sept. 28, 2017, and even lower odds during flybys in 2046 and
2097.
Small Asteroid to Pass Close to Earth March 5 | NASA

A
small asteroid that two years ago flew past Earth at a comfortable
distance of about 1.3 million miles (2 million kilometers) will safely
fly by our planet again in a few weeks, though this time it may be much
closer.

During the upcoming March 5 flyby, asteroid 2013 TX68
could fly past Earth as far out as 9 million miles (14 million
kilometers) or as close as 11,000 miles (17,000 kilometers). The
variation in possible closest approach distances is due to the wide
range of possible trajectories for this object, since it was tracked for
only a short time after discovery.

Scientists at NASA's Center
for NEO Studies (CNEOS) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena,
California, have determined there is no possibility that this object
could impact Earth during the flyby next month. But they have identified
an extremely remote chance that this small asteroid could impact on
Sep. 28, 2017, with odds of no more than 1-in-250-million. Flybys in
2046 and 2097 have an even lower probability of impact.

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