The asteroid, called by the NASA Asteroid 2019 JN2, is past Earth on a "Close Earth Approach" trajectory. NASA said the asteroid flew to our planet during the morning hours (Wednesday, May 15). At its closest, space rock approached the Earth at around 3.15am BST (2.15am UTC). As it happened, the asteroid reached speeds of disturbance around 6.77km per second or 15,144mph (24,372kmh).
Asteroid JN2 is an "Near-Earth Object" or NEO asteroid.
NEOs are all comets and asteroids that are orbiting the Sun from a maximum distance of 120.8 million miles (194.5 million km).
These rock objects burst within the inner circle of the solar system without flying past the Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter. ] NEOs like Asteroid JN2 occasionally intersect Earth's own orbit of the Sun.
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These nail-biting flybys are known for hours to pass as
But there is something to fear from today's flyby of Asteroid JN2?
Actually, you'll probably sleep tonight because NASA asteroid trackers at the California Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) do not expect anything cataclysmic
At its closest, Asteroid JN2 approaches Earth from a distance of 0.01809 astronomical units.
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An astronomical unit illustrates the average distance from Earth to the Sun – an estimated 93 million miles (149.6 million km).
This means that Asteroid JN2 has passed our heads from a distance of 1.68 million miles (2.7 million km) from Earth.
other words, the space rocks fly from 7.04 Lunar Distances (LD) or almost slightly more than seven times to the Moon.
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Asteroid JN2 is an Apollo-type asteroid, meaning it's an orbit similar to the Asteroid 1862 Apollo .
Space rock represses somewhere in the range of 65.6ft to 144.3ft (20m to 44m) in diameter.
After today's flyby, the asteroid will visit the Earth again on the morning of April 18, 2020.