Five asteroids will pass by Earth, though at a safe distance | Technology News

According to the dashboard operated by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), five asteroids will fly by Earth between July 8 and July 16, though they will be at a safe distance.

The trajectories of asteroids ranging from 50 to 240 feet in diameter are monitored by JPL.

The first asteroid, 2024 MT1, will pass 936,000 miles from Earth on July 8, followed by 2024 ME1, which will pass 2,700,000 miles from Earth on July 10, and 2022 YS5, which will pass 2,620,000 miles on July 11.

On July 13, 2024 NG will pass at a distance of 2,140,000 miles and finally on July 16, 2024 BY15 will pass at a distance of 3,850,000 miles.

Meanwhile, NASA's Deep Space Network's Goldstone planetary radar recently spotted two asteroids, 2024 MK and 2011 UL21, safely passing by Earth.

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On June 27, asteroid 2011 UL21 passed 4.1 million miles (6.6 million kilometers) from Earth, about 17 times the distance between the moon and Earth. Discovered in 2011 by the NASA-funded Catalina Sky Survey, it was the first time the nearly mile-wide (1.5 kilometer) object was close enough to be imaged by radar. Using the Deep Space Network's 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Goldstone Solar System Radar, JPL scientists found that 2011 UL21 is a binary system, with a smaller asteroid or moon orbiting at a distance of about 1.9 miles (3 kilometers). Despite being classified as potentially hazardous, calculations show it poses no threat to Earth in the near future.

Two days later, on June 29, the team observed the asteroid 2024 MK will pass only 184,000 miles (295,000 kilometers) from EarthSlightly more than three-quarters the distance from the moon. The 150-meter-wide asteroid appeared elongated and angular. Radar observations made using the bistatic method with Goldstone's DSS-14 and DSS-13 antennas revealed detailed surface features such as concavities, ridges and boulders about 30 feet (10 meters) wide. The asteroid's orbit was altered by Earth's gravity, shortening its orbital period around the sun by about 24 days.

“These observations are particularly important because they help us understand the physical properties and orbital dynamics of these near-Earth objects, which is crucial for planetary protection,” said Lance Benner, JPL lead scientist.

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First uploaded: 06-07-2024 at 00:03 IST

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