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An asteroid will pass on the night between Sunday and Monday behind the orbit of the moon: link to a live broadcast of the transit

There is no fear that it will crash on Earth, but it will allow scientists and the general public to learn a little more about the threat

Artist's rendering of a near-Earth asteroid. Illustration: ESA - P.Carril
Artist's rendering of a near-Earth asteroid. Illustration: ESA – P. Carril

An asteroid will pass by the Earth on the night between Sunday and Monday, And with the help of the Slooh space camera it will be possible to watch it live.

There is no fear that the asteroid, known as 2002 AM31, could hit the Earth since it will be 14 times farther than the Moon.

However, this transition will be interesting because it will be possible to watch it live. As was the case in previous cases of approaching asteroids, the Slooh site will film the passage of this asteroid live starting at 23:30 PM GMT (02:30 AM Israel time), accompanied by a discussion with the participation of the site's operator Patrick Palucci and Astronomy magazine columnist Bob Berman .

The diameter of the asteroid is estimated to be between 620 meters and 1.4 kilometers and as mentioned it will pass at a distance 14 times the distance of the moon.

Due to its relative proximity to Earth and its size, 2002 AM31 qualifies as a near-Earth object because its diameter is 150 meters and it is within 7 million kilometers of Earth.

"The interest in near-Earth objects is no longer the domain of paranoids who build stories about the near end of the world, but the astronomical community has also changed its thinking about them in recent decades. Instead of living on 'island Earth' with little connection to other celestial bodies, we now sense that collisions with comets or asteroids changed the evolution and development of the biosphere and may have even seeded our world with amino acids that started life long ago. In other words, these are important entities. Not to mention that there is always the excitement of a small sign of danger."

"One of our missions at Slooh is to provide the public with free live streaming of these celestial events as they unfold," says Flochi, president of Slooh. The current near-Earth asteroid is a representative sample of the 9,000 transits of such bodies near the Earth at any given moment, and we wanted to emphasize that it is very distant, as in the case of the LZ1 asteroid that passed in mid-June without prior warning."

Slooh website

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  1. The Earth is about 350,000 km from the Moon. * 14, = 4.9 million km.

    But what does it matter cool

  2. Confidential Check out the video, the lens cloud is supposed to reduce solar radiation by only 2%….

  3. Casting a shadow on the earth is fraught with many dangers. Besides, we need the sunlight on Earth.

  4. In one of the episodes of the fascinating series "The Earth Project" on the Discovery Channel, an idea was presented of scattering a cloud of lenses between the Earth and the Sun, which would cast a shadow on the Earth and cause it to cool down:

    In each episode, a different fascinating solution to the global warming problem was presented.

  5. …that's because it wasn't meant for you
    What kind of tourist are you?

  6. And I want to add - I read another article on this subject, and it said that "the asteroid will pass 5.2 million km away from the Earth".

  7. my father
    You need to correct the title - instead of "Asteroid" IDF soldier "Ehud Barak".
    (If you didn't happen to hear the joke on channel one, and if my memory is correct: around 4 am Ehud Barak is expected to pass close to the Earth). ))

  8. The asteroid will also pass behind the flight path to the Caribbean. "Behind the lunar orbit" sounds as if it is about the order of magnitude of the lunar orbit and not 14 times. Admittedly 14 times is very close but (14 light seconds) but such a description makes it sound like YNET's hysterical articles about asteroids and it's a shame: the level of this site is high 14 times the level of YNET.

    And asked:

    You wrote that "the definition of an object is close to Earth because its diameter is over 150 meters and it is within 7 million kilometers of the Earth". In other words, it sounds like "an object close to the earth" is a definition that consists of distance + size. So what exactly is the definition and who set it?

  9. Father, at what distance will the asteroid be from the earth at the designated time (in the article the designated time is 02:30, is this the time it will pass or is this the time the broadcast will begin?), that it poses a threat to us?

  10. As for the asteroid, it's the middle of the night. Watch the live broadcast.
    As for the clouds, I don't know about this experiment, in the coming week I don't have time to deal with anything but emergencies.

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