Asteroid Icarus to Make Distant Pass Today

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Asteroid Icarus will safely pass by Earth during some-more than 21 times a stretch of Earth to a moon on Jun 16. To put it another way, Icarus, one of a initial near-Earth asteroids ever detected (1949), will proceed no closer than 5 million miles divided (eight million kilometers).

Asteroid Icarus will safely pass some-more than 21 times a stretch of Earth to a moon on Jun 16, 2015. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Asteroid Icarus will safely pass some-more than 21 times a stretch of Earth to a moon on Jun 16, 2015. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

On Jun 14, 2090, a asteroid will proceed marginally closer, with a tighten proceed stretch of about 17 lunar distances (four million miles, or six-and-a-half million kilometers).

NASA detects, marks and characterizes asteroids and comets regulating both ground- and space-based telescopes. Elements of a Near-Earth Object Program, mostly referred to as “Spaceguard,” learn these objects, impersonate a subset of them and brand their tighten approaches to establish if any could be potentially dangerous to a planet.

NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program is partial of a agency’s asteroid initiative, that includes promulgation a robotic booster to constraint a stone from a aspect of a near-Earth asteroid and pierce it into a fast circuit around a moon for scrutiny by astronauts, all in support of advancing a nation’s tour to Mars.

Source: NASA