Since January 2021, information began to circulate on news portals that the total destruction of the planet earth It would take place this Friday, May 6 (2022), following an alleged collision with a asteroid identified as 2009 FJ1 – which is the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza, and could cause an explosion equivalent to 230 kilotons of dynamite. However, once the deadline was met, NASA gave its precise location, which brought peace to more than one inhabitant of the globe.
“On Friday, May 6, 2022, asteroid 2009 FJ1, the fifth most dangerous on the European Space Agency’s near-Earth object hazard list, could collide with Earth (or, alternatively, pass very close to Earth). This list is established on the basis of the Palermo scale, which estimates the risk of each asteroid according to its size, its speed, its probability of impact and the time remaining for the possible collision,” reads an article published by Clarín.
As a description, this news assures that the asteroid “is only 16 meters in diameter, but the impact – which they indicated as very probable – would occur at a very high speed: 95,000 kilometers at the hour. “The asteroid is similar in size to the one that fell near Chelyabinsk (Russia) in 2013 and released an energy of 500 kilotons, equivalent to the energy of thirty atomic bombs like the one in Hiroshima. The Space Agency compares its size to the Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt. Through the parameters followed, the agency established the exact moment at which the asteroid could impact the earth: 5:12 a.m. (Argentina time) on May 6, 2022,” the text adds.
Over the past few hours, and from its social networks, NASA has provided information on the current state of the asteroid – which it is constantly monitoring – and assured that the probability of impact is 0.001% .
“Don’t worry, the world won’t end today because of an asteroid impact. Word from the Director of our Near-Earth Object Studies Center at @NASAJPL!” read the first tweet launched from the official account in Spanish, then continue: “There is no known threat from an asteroid for at least the next 100 years. Our Planetary Defense Coordination Office continuously monitors potential threats from asteroids and other near-Earth objects. Follow @AsteroidWatch to stay up to date.”
Meanwhile, for the most suspicious, they have provided a link in which the trajectory of the asteroid can be followed and also another in which they present the technology they are implementing to neutralize this type of threat: “And if in the future it does If an asteroid is discovered that poses a risk of collision with the Earth, we want to be prepared. For this we are testing planetary defense technologies; DART is our first such mission.” they concluded.
“It’s very far from Earth”
Meanwhile, LMN spoke to science communicator Denis Martínez, who assured that asteroid 2009 FJ1 is currently very far from Earth: “This asteroid is in a very distant orbit from Earth, so the shock is more than a little probable, directly impossible.
Seeking to bring peace of mind to everyone, the amateur astronomer explained why asteroids are classified this way and that it doesn’t always imply such literal danger: “There are hundreds and thousands of asteroids around the Sun’s orbit, some do so between the orbit of Mars and Earth, others orbit farther, and some may orbit very close to Earth and Venus. Earth’s orbit at any given time are called potentially dangerous and are the ones that get the most attention, and the bigger they are, the more dangerous they become. But right now, no asteroids are going to collide directly with Earth.”
“Asteroids are discovered every day and their trajectories are studied precisely to know if we will pass close to the Earth. We’ve constantly had close passes of asteroids, and they pass close by, but this particular asteroid is very far from Earth,” he said.
Giving more information on the subject, Martínez confided that this asteroid had already passed close to the Earth in February and that from that moment its chances of impacting the globe were reduced. “The 2009 FJ1 is an asteroid 12 kilometers in diameter and has traveled approximately 45 million kilometers in February 2022 and making its lifesavings, beyond being classified as ‘possibly dangerous’, still very low the probability of “impact with Earth in future close-ups. So there’s nothing to worry about, plus there’s no narrow passage through Earth for the next few years,” he concluded.
April had an alert
On April 29, international media reported the passage near Earth’s orbit of asteroid 1998 OR2, a celestial body that ended up passing about 6 million kilometers from the planet, which is equivalent to 16 times the distance between the planet Moon.