Asteroid 2002 AJ129 will make a tighten proceed to Earth on Feb. 4, 2018 during 1:30 p.m. PST (4:30 p.m. EST / 21:30 UTC). At a time of closest approach, a asteroid will be no closer than 10 times a stretch between Earth and a Moon (about 2.6 million miles, or 4.2 million kilometers).
Asteroid 2002 AJ129 will make a tighten proceed to Earth on Feb. 4, 2018, during 1:30 p.m. PST (4:30 p.m. EST). At a time of closest approach, a asteroid will be during a stretch of 2.6 million miles, or 4.2 million kilometers — about 10 times a stretch between Earth and a moon.
2002 AJ129 is an intermediate-sized near-Earth asteroid, somewhere between 0.3 miles (0.5 kilometers) and 0.75 miles (1.2 kilometers) across. It was detected on Jan. 15, 2002, by a former NASA-sponsored Near Earth Asteroid Tracking plan during a Maui Space Surveillance Site on Haleakala, Hawaii. The asteroid’s quickness during a time of closest approach, 76,000 mph (34 kilometers per second), is aloft than a infancy of near-Earth objects during an Earth flyby. The high flyby quickness is a outcome of a asteroid’s orbit, that approaches really tighten to a Sun — 11 million miles (18 million kilometers). Although asteroid 2002 AJ129 is categorized as a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA), it does not poise an tangible hazard of colliding with a world for a foreseeable future.
“We have been tracking this asteroid for over 14 years and know a circuit really accurately,” pronounced Paul Chodas, manager of NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies during a Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. “Our calculations prove that asteroid 2002 AJ129 has no possibility — 0 — of colliding with Earth on Feb. 4 or any time over a subsequent 100 years.”
JPL hosts a Center for Near-Earth Object Studies for NASA’s Near-Earth Object Observations Program, an component of a Planetary Defense Coordination Office within a agency’s Science Mission Directorate.
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