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Now, we know its orbit very well, well enough to say that we are safe from an impact for many thousands of years.
Found on FOX News 8 months ago
The asteroid will be brightest while it moves through southern skies, amateur astronomers in the southern hemisphere and at low northern latitudes should be able to see this asteroid using moderate size telescopes with apertures of at least 8 inches in the nights leading up to closest approach, but they will probably need star charts to find it.
I suspect this newly discovered object 2020 SO to be an old rocket booster because it is following an orbit about the Sun that is extremely similar to Earth's, nearly circular, in the same plane, and only slightly farther away the Sun at its farthest point, that's precisely the kind of orbit that a rocket stage separated from a lunar mission would follow, once it passes by the Moon and escapes into orbit about the Sun. It's unlikely that an asteroid could have evolved into an orbit like this, but not impossible.
In a month or so we will get an indication of whether or not 2020 SO really is a rocket body, since we should start being able to detect the effect of sunlight pressure has on the motion of this object : if it really is a rocket body, it will be much less dense than an asteroid and the slight pressure due to sunlight will produce enough change in its motion that we should be able to detect it in the tracking data.
Over many centuries and millennia [these asteroids] might evolve into Earth-crossing orbits, so it is prudent to keep tracking [them] for decades to come and to study how their orbits might be evolving.
Found on FOX News 2 years ago
Found on CNN 4 years ago
The possibilities of collision on any of the three future flyby dates are far too small to be of any real concern.
Found on Reuters 6 years ago
There is no scientific basis – not one shred of evidence – that an asteroid or any other celestial object will impact Earth on those dates.
Found on FOX News 7 years ago
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