One asteroid may be hiding another: NASA announces the passage of two space rocks "close" to Earth this weekend

One asteroid may be hiding another: NASA announces the passage of two space rocks “close” to Earth this weekend

According to NASA, asteroid 2016 CZ31 will make another “close pass” this Friday, July 29. It will be followed by asteroid 531944 (2013 CU83) on Saturday July 30.

An asteroid over 120 meters is expected to pass “close” to Earth according to NASA on July 29. Figures from NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) suggest that this piece of space rock, dubbed 2016 CZ31 (discovered in 2016), will be found in the vicinity of our planet, some 2.7 million kilometers overnight from Friday to Saturday. And it is therefore not the first time that it will approach the Earth.

Two asteroids are set to approach our home planet back-to-back!

According to NASA, Asteroid 2016 CZ31 will make a ‘near approach’ on July 29, followed by Asteroid 531944 (2013 CU83) on July 30.

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— The Weather Channel India (@weatherindia) July 27, 2022

According to the Center for the Study of Near-Earth Objects, this asteroid has already found itself at a similar distance, it was in 1922. It has since made several appearances in our solar system such as in 2015 and 2010.

This asteroid is part of the Apollo class, a group whose orbits are located near the Earth. 2016 CZ31 has an orbital period of approximately 630 days. This year, the asteroid will be closest to Earth on July 29. We won’t see him again until July 22, 2041.

Object name u2604ufe0f: (2016 CZ31)

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Close approach date ud83duddd3ufe0f: 2022-Jul-29 14:40

Estimated diameter ud83dudccf: 96.51 to 215.79 meters

Relative velocity: 56095.06 km/h

—Near-Earth Objects (@ws_neo) July 26, 2022

The 2016 CZ31 should pass in relative proximity to the earth, about seven times the distance between the Earth and the Moon, at a speed of 55,000 km/h.

Finally, the second asteroid, 2013 CU83, is expected to pass “close” to Earth at a distance of about 6.9 million kilometers overnight from Saturday to Sunday. The asteroid will move slower than 2016 CZ3, reaching speeds of around 21,082 km/h.

But rest assured; fortunately, there is virtually no possibility of these two space rocks hitting Earth.

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