There won’t be a significant impact this time, so stop chatting about the world’s end.
On Thursday, a recently found asteroid flew quite close to the planet.
Around 7:27 p.m., the box-truck-sized heavenly object soared 2,200 miles above the southernmost point of South America.
Before leaving the solar system once more.
According to NASA, the space rock 2023 BU presented no hazard, and it would have dissolved and turned into a fireball if it had gone into the atmosphere of Earth.
Only last Saturday was the asteroid, which measured between 11.5 and 28 feet broad, identified. Amateur astronomer Gennadiy Borisov discovered at the MARGO observatory in Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014.
The finding of the asteroid was made public on Sunday by the Minor Planet Center, and several other observatories also reported seeing the object, which helped astronomers better understand its orbit.
The California-based NASA Jet Propulsion Lab’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies soon determined that the asteroid wouldn’t strike Earth.
Davide Farnocchia, a navigation engineer at JPL, stated in a statement that “this is one of the closest contacts by a known near-Earth object ever recorded.”