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Asteroid the size of the Eiffel Tower will pass near our planet

This asteroid is almost the size of the Eiffel Tower that is in Paris. It will pass very close to Earth on Friday, September 6, noted by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

If it were to crash with our planet, it would leave a crater of about 5 kilometers.

The 2019 asteroid GT3, which has a diameter of about 380 meters, will pass along the Earth at a speed of 49,000 kilometers per hour, indicates the image.

Because of its size, the atmosphere would fail to completely disintegrate it and hit the planet’s surface.

The asteroid will be at a distance of 74 billion kilometers from Earth, and for this reason, it ranks in the category of “potentially dangerous”.

NASA and ESA will team up to divert the trajectory of an asteroid

Researchers from NASA and ESA space agencies announced that they will come together to study the different ways an asteroid could deviate.

This will be carried out through the Asteroid Impact Deflection Assessment (AIDA) project, a mission dedicated to the study of an asteroid’s kinetic effects to divert it from its orbit and save Earth from a possible collision.

Scientists will attempt to deflect the direction of the asteroid Didymoon, which is similar in size to the Great Pyramid of Egypt.

Specialists reported that the DART (Double Asteroid Redirection) space probe will be launched into space in 2021 and is scheduled to collide with Didymoon in October 2022.

Two years later, on October 2024, ESA will launch another probe named Hera, which will track phenomena that occur after the collision, such as the impact crater and detailed measurements of the physical properties of the body.

The results will allow large-scale numerical impact models to be calibrated to fully understand how an asteroid would react to this type of energy.

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