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Asteroid 2001 FO32

Asteroid 2001 FO32

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has anticipated that the asteroid ‘2001 FO32’ is the biggest to pass by Earth in 2021. It will be at its nearest on 21st March. It will give an uncommon chance to cosmologists to get a decent gander at a rough relic that framed at the beginning of our nearby planetary group.

The asteroid was discovered in March 2001 by the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) program in Socorro, New Mexico.

2001 FO32 is in a highly eccentric orbit around the Sun. It completes one orbit every 810 days (about 2¼ years). The orbit is tilted 39° to Earth’s orbital plane. This orbit takes the asteroid closer to the Sun than Mercury, and twice as far from the Sun as Mars.

The asteroid will pass by at around 1,24,000 kmph. It is quicker than the speed at which most space rocks experience Earth.
The purpose behind the space rock’s abnormal speed is its nearby way to deal with the earth.

The near-Earth asteroid will make its closest approach at a distance of about 2 million kilometers or 5 1/4 times the distance from Earth to the Moon. There is no threat of a collision with our planet now or for centuries to come. The asteroid will not come this close to Earth again until 2052, when it will pass by at about seven lunar distances, or 2.8 million km.

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