Next Saturday, the globe will witness the flight of a large asteroid called 2004 UE, which is striking because of its size, as it is more than 300 meters long and 140 meters long, which is a large object.
Details of the asteroid approaching Earth
According to what the Astronomical Society stated, on its official page on the social networking site “Facebook”, the asteroid is classified as an object close to EarthBut the word “close” here is relative, as the asteroid will pass at a distance of no less than 4 million km, which is 11 times the distance between the Earth and the Moon.
Later this November, a spacecraft called “DART” will be launched that will collide withasteroid Far out into space, it’s a test of NASA’s ability to reorient such rocks if they come close to anything in the future.
The asteroid, which will pass on Saturday, will not pose any danger, but it is a reminder that the universe is filled with debris. This body is a rock that rushes through space from the remnants of the formation of the solar system, which scientists are studying because it is a raw material that can give a glimpse of what the dawn of our solar system was like.
The vast majority of asteroids are found in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, and their orbits often intersect with Earth’s.
NASA defines the asteroid as being close to Earth not by the distance that separates it from the planet, but by how far it is from the sun. If the expected path of the asteroid is at a distance of 193 million kilometers from the sun at any point, this is considered close enough to Earth to ensure tracking using Telescopes and advanced software, and the trajectories of such objects are charted for years to come with high accuracy and their location is known at any time.
A small percentage of these asteroids are classified as dangerous – they are at least 152 meters wide and within 7 million km of Earth. Even most of these asteroids, such as the one that will pass on Saturday, are not dangerous.
The next asteroid collision cannot be seen with the naked eye, as it is far away, and the light reflected from it is so faint that it cannot be seen even using most telescopes.