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100-meter-sized Asteroid

Last July, the Earth survived a 100-meter-sized Asteroid. Named 2019 OK, the asteroid passed through planet Earth at a distance of 40,400 miles.

Although the distance sounds far, in the world of astronomy is relatively close. According to the BuzzFeed News report, NASA found out that 100-meter-sized asteroid just a few hours before it headed for Earth.

In one e-mail, obtained by BuzzFeed News via a Freedom of Information request, a NASA employee acknowledged the asteroid was “sneaking through the net.” While other e-mails, warn of a large asteroid that will cross the Earth.

How NASA responded to this 100-meter-sized Asteroid

“Because there may be media coverage tomorrow, I warn you that in about 30 minutes an asteroid measuring 57-130 meters will pass Earth with a distance of only 0.19 lunar distances (about 48,000 miles). 2019 OK was seen about 24 hours ago,” Planetary said NASA Defense Officer Lindley Johnson in an e-mail quoted from Mirror on Saturday (9/21/2019).

Asteroid 2019 OK was discovered by an observatory in Brazil, which warns NASA. Research reveals that if the asteroid 2019 OK hit Earth, then an area of ​​50 miles could be destroyed.

In an e-mail sent two days after the asteroid passed, Paul Chodas, The Manager of the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies at NASA wrote, this object slipped through a series of their fishing nets.

So far it has not been explained about how NASA, that monitors the sky for asteroids continuously, skips or escapes from large space rocks.

“Ground-based telescopes alone have limitations. For example, they can only survey the sky at night and are bright. Based on estimated population statistics, about two-thirds of (near-Earth objects) larger than 460 feet remains to be found,” NASA said on its website.

Source: inews.id


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