Asteroid 2022 ES3 will make a Earth flyby this week, passing “close” to our planet. During the afternoon of this Sunday (13), the space rock will be about 334,000 kilometers from Earth, a distance equivalent to about 87% of that between our planet and the Moon. Although the distance is considered quite short in astronomical terms, it is safe.
Right now, the asteroid is at a distance of about 0.03 astronomical units, with each unit representing the distance between Earth and the Sun. Its closest approach to Earth in the next 10 years will be this Sunday afternoon.
Discovered this Monday (7) by the observatory of Kitt Peak, astronomers estimate that the asteroid measures between 10 m and 20 m in diameter. According to information from Nasa, asteroid 2022 ES3 takes 3.41 years to orbit the Sun. Additionally, 2022 ES3 has been classified as a near-Earth object (or “NEO”), indicating that it has an orbit close to that of our planet.
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Asteroids of this type are closely watched by astronomers, and thanks to high-precision observations and models of orbital mechanics, the orbit of these objects can be determined with great precision. Thus, calculations by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) confirm that 2022 ES3 will not hit Earth in the near future.
how to watch live
You will be able to follow the flyby of the asteroid with the Virtual Telescope project, which will carry out a live broadcast of the passage of the rock. The broadcast will start at 3:30 p.m. (Brasilia time) and you can watch it on project website.
It should be remembered that, depending on weather conditions, there may be changes in the estimated transmission time.
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