WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- An asteroid known as the 2009 JF1 is said to closely approach the Earth on May 6, 2022.
- It has a one in 4,166 odds ━ a measly 0.024% chance ━ of earth impact per the European Space Agency (ESA).
- Asteroid 2009 JF1 has an estimated diameter of about 42 feet (13 meters), and is not expected to cause havoc.
NASA keeps an asteroid under careful observation as it is said to closely hit the Earth on May 6, 2022.
Identified as the 2009 JF1 asteroid, it has a one in 4,166 odds – a paltry 0.024% chance – of earth impact according to the European Space Agency (ESA).
The asteroid is considered as among the space rocks listed in NASA’s Sentry – operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) – described as a “highly automated collision monitoring system that continually scans the most current asteroid catalog for possibilities of future impact with Earth over the next 100 years.”
Experts believe that the Asteroid 2009 JF1 has an estimated diameter of about 42 feet (13 meters), nearly the same height as the 45-foot Hollywood sign in California, and longer than a 31-foot UK double-decker bus.
With its meager chance of colliding with Earth, the 2009 JF1 is also not expected to cause havoc as a space rock measuring less than 82 feet (25 meters) would end up burning as it enters the Earth’s atmosphere.
“This small asteroid has not been observed since its discovery 11 years ago, hence the uncertainty in its position is very high,” said Luca Conversi of the ESA’s Near-Earth Object Coordination Center.
NASA and ESA have been closely monitoring the asteroid since it was discovered in 2009.
“This is a very common situation, but as we demonstrated in the similar case of 2006 QV89, we can observe where a near-Earth asteroid would be if on a collision course with Earth – and if not found exclude any impact risk without even seeing it again,” Conversi added.
The JPL Center for NEO Studies (CNEOS) computes high-precision orbits for Near-Earth Objects (NEOs), and in close partnership with NASA, these orbit solutions become basis to predict NEO’s close approaches to Earth, while developing comprehensive assessments of impact probabilities and aversion techniques over the next century.
Source: IB Times