Two weeks later, the asteroid will fly past Earth QE2




Two weeks later, the asteroid will fly past Earth QE2

31 May 2013 , the asteroid 1998 QE2, the size is nine times higher than the ship Queen Elizabeth 2 (2.7 km), pass by the Earth at a distance of 5.8 million kilometers, which is 15 times greater than the distance between the Earth and the Moon. And though this cosmic visitor is not interested scientists and astronomers as “hazardous asteroid” for fans to watch the heavenly bodies he disposal.

If you fall to Earth a giant asteroid, the consequences can be very different . Fortunately, this space will not be guest of danger.

“Asteroid 1998 QE2 will be an excellent target for the radar at Arecibo and Goldstone, so we’re going to do a number of chic pictures in high resolution, which could demonstrate the richness of the asteroid’s surface,” – said the astronomer Lance Benner, the principal investigator Goldstone Observatory NASA.

“Whenever the asteroid approaches so close, it provides an excellent scientific opportunity to study it in detail, to understand the size, shape, rotation, surface features and what they can tell us about its origins. It will also allow to calculate a more accurate rate of passage of an asteroid in the next time. ”

Asteroid’s closest approach to our planet will occur on May 31 at 1:59 am Pacific Time (20:59 UTC). This is the closest passage of QE2 at least the next two centuries. The asteroid was discovered August 19, 1998 by astronomers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In 2036, close to the Earth and the asteroid Apophis will fly by . This “kid” in size to less than 1,998 QE2.
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