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Fri Nov 1, 2019, 09:01 PM

Small asteroid C0PPEV1 paid a heavy price for almost striking Earth Thursday

Source: EarthSky

Small asteroid paid a heavy price for almost striking Earth Thursday

Posted by Deborah Byrd in SPACE | November 1, 2019

Earth’s gravity bent the trajectory of asteroid C0PPEV1 – also known as 2019 UN13 – as it swept only 3,852 miles (6,200 km) above Africa. As a result, its farthest point from the sun has now shifted out to the asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars.

I happened to catch this post on Twitter this morning, from Tony Dunn (@tony873004), an amateur astronomer and physics teacher who knows how to create simulations of asteroids’ orbits. Tony tweeted:

Tony Dunn
@tony873004

Newly-discovered #asteroid C0PPEV1 paid a heavy price for almost striking Earth this morning.
Earth's gravity bent its trajectory, sending its aphelion out to the asteroid belt.



He’s talking about near-Earth asteroid C0PPEV1 – now renamed 2019 UN 13 – spotted in the early morning hours of October 31, 2019 by the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona, and by other observatories soon afterwards. This small asteroid came incredibly close yesterday. According to simulations, it passed above southern Africa within 3,852 miles (6,200 km) at the moment of closest approach, around 13:45 UTC (9:45 a.m. EDT; translate UTC to your time) on October 31. That’s well within the orbit of many telecommunications satellites (geosynchronous orbits above Earth, those causing satellites to remain over a single spot on Earth’s surface, are 22,236 miles – or 35,786 km – high). It was so close that CNET reported:

According to data from these early observations, the asteroid came closer to the surface of our planet (without actually colliding with our atmosphere) than any other close approach in NASA’s database of known near-Earth objects.

EarthSky has not confirmed that C0PPEV1 (2019 UN 13) came closer to Earth than any other known near-Earth object.

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Read more: https://earthsky.org/space/near-earth-asteroid-close-pass-oct-2019-c0ppev1

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 09:20 PM

1. Once in the Asteroid belt

It nudged a giant chunk of rock in a previously stationary orbit-just enough to send it out of the belt and into a straight trajectory towards....

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri Nov 1, 2019, 11:11 PM

2. I read the article, but I didn't see the size of the asteroid.

Looking on The Google, it says it is likely only between 2 and 7 meters in diameter.

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Response to NBachers (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 3, 2019, 11:05 PM

3. Thanks, I was about to look that up

No apocalypse if it hits

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