“That’s a pretty bright point”
“With a telescope you can see it pass, it’s a rather brilliant point”, confirms at the microphone of Europe 1 Alain Doressoundiram astrophysicist at the Paris observatory. An observation that will delight amateurs, but also scientists, who will be able to determine its composition by spectroscopy, that is to say by studying the composition of the light that 2001 FO32 reflects.
Asteroid 2001 FO32 will safely pass by Earth on March 21. It is the largest asteroid predicted to pass by our planet in 2021 and will provide astronomers a rare opportunity to study this ancient relic from the beginning of our solar system. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/l00aQj0ktH
– NASA 360 (@NASA360) March 20, 2021
No risk of collision
And if official bodies have classified the object as “potentially dangerous”, due to the consequences of a potential impact, there is no risk that it will occur. “It will go south of the solar system for several years”, explains the astrophysicist at the National Center for Space Studies, Francis Rocard. “Then he will come back, but the Earth will have moved [sur son orbite]. The next close encounter with our planet is scheduled for the 2050s, so the probability of an impact is rigorously zero. ”
As a reminder, more than 800,000 asteroids are currently identified, no collision with the Earth is planned for the next century.
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