Two years ago, a small asteroid flew past Earth at a distance of about 1.3 million miles, and humans can expect that same asteroid to fly by on March 5, 2016, but this time, the asteroid may be closer. Scientists predicted the small asteroid to pass by between 11,000 miles and 9 million miles above the earth’s surface.
The asteroid dubbed as 2013 TX68 has the possibility to fly near Earth for the reason that it has a wide range of possible routes. Even experts tracked it down for a short period of time.
Scientists have established beyond doubt that the asteroid 2013 TX68 will stay in space, and there’s no chance that this object will hit Earth. According to NASA, Scientists at the Center for NEO Studies (CNEOS) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, made it certain that the asteroid will not slam into earth during its flyby on March.
However, scientists have identified an extremely remote chance that asteroid 2013 TX68 could hit earth on September 28, 2017, with odds of no more than 1 in 250 million; predicted asteroid flybys like in 2046 and 2097 have an even lower probability of impact.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory reports Paul Chodas, manager of CNEOS, stating, “This asteroid’s orbit is quite uncertain, and it will be hard to forecast where to look for the asteroid.
“There is a chance that the asteroid will be picked up by our asteroid search telescopes when it safely flies past us next month, providing us with data to more precisely define its orbit around the sun.”
According to MSN, the associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate John Grunsfeld, stated, “Asteroid detection, tracking, and defense of our planet is something that NASA, its interagency partners, and the global community take very seriously.”