Asteroid 2022 PJ1 passed Earth on August 16 at a distance of 4.23 million km.
Space Recently, rocks have been passing through the earth quite often. Although they are not thought to pose any threat to our planet, scientists have classified many of them as potentially dangerous asteroids due to the way they approach near Earth. soil. According to a report by NASA, a house-sized asteroid dubbed Asteroid 2022 PJ1 will fly by The earth at 06:59 on August 16 at a distance of 4.23 million km.
The asteroid will move at a speed of 6 km/s. Asteroid 2022 PJ1 belongs to the Apollo Group. It was discovered on August 7, 2022. According to Sky.org, the space rock takes 547 days to complete one orbit around the Sun. The farthest point of its orbit from the Sun is 247 million km and the closest point is 145 million km. It will make its next near-earth flight on August 4, 20256 at 18.86 million km.
How are asteroids classified as near-Earth objects?
A space rock appearing within 30 million miles of Earth is classified as a “near-Earth object” by NASA and any near-Earth objects within about 4.65 million miles fall into potentially dangerous asteroids. However, small planet “2022 PJ1”, not classified as “potentially hazardous object”.
What is an asteroid?
Small planet are small, rocky objects left over from the formation of the solar system about 4.5 billion years ago. They orbit the sun and reside mainly in between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, also known as the asteroid belt. They are made of different rocks, and therefore no two asteroids are alike.