NASA warned about the approach of a new celestial body to our planet
NASA reported on the approach to Earth 2013 asteroid TX68, which is 30 meters in diameter. It is compared with the so-called "Chelyabinsk meteorite", which exploded in the sky over the Urals in the morning of February 15, 2013. At the same time, the Chelyabinsk superbolide had a diameter of 20 meters. Therefore, scientists believe that if his twin now enters the atmosphere of the Earth, an air explosion will occur two times stronger than during the 2013 incident.
The report says that this new asteroid had already approached Earth in its time, but then passed at a comfortable distance of about a small asteroid that two years ago flew past the Earth at a comfortable distance of about 2 million kilometers. Now, again, he will approach the Earth within a few weeks and may be at a closer distance from it.
NASA scientists believe that there will still be no collision with the Earth, although on March 5 of this year, the object to approach our planet at a distance of 17 thousand km.At the same time, NASA says that it is still impossible to calculate its trajectory in detail. Currently, the asteroid is located at a distance of 14 million km from Earth.
At the same time, the staff of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena believe that the next time you approach this object to Earth, the likelihood of entering the atmosphere of our planet increases. It will be September 28, 2017.
Scientists said the object looked like an asteroid that exploded in the sky at Chelyabinsk in February 2013. But if now the same thing makes it a "double", which has a larger diameter, it will cause an air explosion of twice the power.
Recall that then the total amount of released energy, according to NASA estimates, was about 440 kilotons in trotyl equivalent (according to RAS estimates, 100–200 kilotons). Glass was broken from the blast wave, 1,613 people were injured, material damage amounted to 490 million rubles. Then several buildings suffered from the blast wave. However, the explosion of the "twin" can lead to more serious damage.