Asteroid 2006 QQ23 Pose No Threat Of Impact With Earth

Pablo Tucker
August 12, 2019

We are now aware of some 20,000 such Near Earth Objects (NEOs) and are discovering new ones at a rate of roughly 30 per week.

Wordon also claimed spray painting one side of an asteroid was being discussed, as that patch would then be heated differently by the Sun, impacting its path.

The Apollo-class celestial rock is set to whiz past Earth on August 28 at a phenomenal 18km per NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) the asteroid will come 40 times closer to Earth than Venus, our nearest neighbor, when it passes at a distance of about one million kilometers.

It comes as an asteroid bigger than the Eiffel Tower, dubbed 2006 QQ23, which is travelling at a speed of 10,400mph, hurtled near past the Earth over the weekend. At this distance, it can be classified as a near-Earth asteroid. Pete Worden, adviser on space resources to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, told ABC News if an asteroid was a big enough threat to the planet "we'll go move them". Simply observing the asteroid does not mean scientists are expecting a collision. But, considering their frequency, scientists believe it's only a matter of time before one of them gets pulled in by Earth's gravity and plumments onto our planet's surface. During the time of its close flyby, the rogue space body will be just one million kilometres away from us. "You would then hit it with a spacecraft kind of the size of a small vehicle, and by impacting it, it impacts energy and momentum and will move it slightly off its orbit". Based on their latest findings, Earth is now not in danger of getting hit by one of these giant asteroids.

According to CNEOS, the asteroid will fly past Earth on August 11 at 8:14 pm EDT.

Another idea would involve not even touching an asteroid but instead taking a "modest sized spacecraft" to use solar electric repulsion to move it over the course of years, Wordon said. This crater strongly resembles the marine impact sites on Earth.

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