Somewhere between the stars is 2021 NY1, somewhere else An asteroid rushes towards Earth at an insane speed. While it is on its way to transiting the planet, it is still close enough for NASA to classify it as a potentially dangerous “Near-Earth Object” (NEO), allowing the instrument to monitor its future trajectory.
As of now, experts believe the 2021 NY1 is moving through space at roughly 21,000 miles per hour despite its size, somewhere between 427 and 984 feet. The asteroid is expected to pass Earth on September 22 with its closest approaching 930,487 miles from the planet. While this may sound like a significant amount, NASA defines NEOs as “an asteroid or comet that approaches our planet less than 1.3 times the distance from the Earth to the Sun”.
In comparison, the distance from the Earth to the Moon is about 240,000 miles, hence the near-Earth object Status.
“Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) are comets and asteroids that have been pushed by the gravity of nearby planets into orbits that allow them to enter Earth’s neighborhood,” according to a NASA official. NEO . site He says about cosmic things. “Most comets are composed of water ice with compact dust particles, and originally formed in the cold outer planetary system while most rocky asteroids formed in the warmer inner solar system between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Scientific interest in comets and asteroids is largely due to their status as the remaining debris that Relatively unchanged from the formation of the Solar System about 4.6 billion years ago.”
Like all NEOs that NASA is currently observing, 2021 NY1 is expected to have no impact on the planet and life will continue as usual in October and beyond, sorry, no disaster Here you guys.
SpaceReference.org says about the asteroid: “2021 NY1 orbits the Sun every 1,400 days (3.83 years), approaches 0.99 AU and reaches 3.90 AU from the Sun.” “Depending on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2021 NY1 will likely be between 0.127 to 0.284 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to medium-sized asteroid, roughly comparable in size to a school bus or smaller.”
Analysts at SpaceReference also suggest that 2021 NY1 will be close enough to be considered a near-Earth object on September 23, 2105.