Saturday will fly past Earth asteroid the size of a skyscraper


06/03/2013

2013 ET asteroid the size of a 35-storey building - about 100 meters - will fly on Saturday, March 9, by the earth, according to data published on the website of NASA.

This heavenly body was discovered a few days ago, American researchers in the project, involving the search for asteroids Catalina. Bandwidth can be asteroid in diameter from 45 to 140 meters. Unlike other recent "guest" of the planet, he will fly much farther from Earth than the asteroid 2013 EC - at 0.0065 astronomical units, which is 2.5 times the distance of the planet’s natural satellite - the Moon.

Working on NASA’s planetary radar astronomers Goldstone 7 and 10 March are going to hold probing asteroid 2013 ET, in which researchers may receive radar images of "guest." This will allow them to specify the size of asteroid and the parameters of its rotation.

Earlier this week, near-Earth asteroid 2013 flying EA, whose size ranged from 5 to 17 m closest point of its trajectory has been removed from the center of the planet at 362,000 km, which is slightly less than the distance from the Earth to the Moon.

For the first time the object was discovered on March 1 Observatory Pan-STARRS-1, located in the Hawaiian Islands. Minor Planet Center of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory to collect and systematize observations of small bodies in the solar system has assigned the asteroid designation 2013 EA.


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