San Juan – A space rock detected hours before its closest approach to Earth passed very close to our planet at 10:45 p.m. from October 31, according to data from the Center for Near Earth Object Studies at NASA.
The Caribbean Astronomy Society reported this Saturday through a statement that the asteroid was originally designated as "COPPEV1" and subsequently referred to as "2019 UN13".
This happened at just 0.03 times the Earth-Moon distance, so it is estimated to be between 7,838 miles and 3,850 miles from the Earth's surface, which is equivalent to less than the diameter of our planet.RELATED
The passage was so close that it is understood that its trajectory was slightly altered due to the gravity influence of the Earth.
The asteroid turned slightly as it passed near our planet and continued traveling through the Solar System.
Scientists calculate that space rock travels through space at a speed of 28 miles per hour relative to Earth.
The asteroid belongs to the group or type "Athens", a class of space rocks that orbit between Venus and Earth.
This completes a return to the Sun every 358 days, that is to say in almost a year.
The Caribbean Astronomy Society (SAC) clarified that we were never at risk, since a total of 16 observations suggest it was a small asteroid, only 1 to 3 meters in diameter, so that our atmosphere would have caused the disintegration of much of the space rock, in case it has passed closer.
"It should be noted that larger asteroids are much easier to discover, and with more anticipation. While the detection of an asteroid as small as the '2019 UN13' is usually something very difficult, which is indicative that the systems The detection of these space rocks is gradually improving, "said Eddie Irizarry, vice president of the SAC.
Irizarry added that usually asteroids as small go unnoticed, or we realize that there was one in our neighborhood when the sighting of an impressive meteor or bolus is reported.
The asteroid 2019 UN13 was detected on October 31, by the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona.