THE WHEEL OF MADIUN– The 2018 VPI asteroid will pass near Earth on November 2, 2020, precisely at 18.33 WIB, the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (LAPAN) reported.
The 2018 VPI asteroid will travel 0.0028 AU or the equivalent of 419,000 km at 34,956 km / hour, data obtained from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Small Body Database Browser (SBDB).
“The minimum distance of the orbital intersection from Earth is only 8,296 km, so this object could collide with Earth,” said Andi Pangerang, a researcher at the LAPAN Space Science Center.
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Andi further explained, based on data from NASA’s Sentry (Earth Impact Monitoring) Center of Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), it is estimated that this asteroid hit Earth earlier than NASA’s SBDB JPL estimated time at . 08.12 WIB.
“This asteroid is estimated to have a mass of 16 tons and can travel at 52,776 km / h when it enters the Earth’s atmosphere, so the energy produced when it hits the ground is equivalent to 419.2 tons of dynamite,” he explained.
Andi said this Asteroid 2018 VP1 has a probability of a drop of 0.41% or 1: 244. These two values (energy and probability) can be boiled down to the Palermo scale, which is a scale that shows the potential danger of collisions with Near Earth objects.
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