Today Earth closer “asteroid of death”

Сегодня с Землей сблизится "астероид смерти"

Asteroid Lutetia

Opened in June MC4 asteroid hurtling towards Earth at a speed of 74 thousand km/hour and close at 22:00 Kyiv time.

Tonight, July 11, the Earth will approach a large asteroid 2017 MC4, which is called the “asteroid of death”. Cosmic body with a diameter of 260 meters flying at a speed of 74 thousand km/h and approaching the planet at a distance of 2.9 million kilometers.

The object will fly at a minimum distance from Earth in 22.03 Kyiv time with acceptable error in 37 minutes.

The asteroid belongs to the category of potentially dangerous because at the point of maximum approach distance will be less than 20 times higher than the distance to the moon. Namely, 10 times.

Asteroid 2017 MC4 opened in June this year, four times larger than the Chelyabinsk meteorite.

However, calm professionals, the probability of today’s collision of the object with the Ground is zero.

But the fall of an asteroid on our planet could cause a tsunami capable of destroying all life.

Previously, NASA astronomers have developed a computer model that simulated the fall to Earth over 50 thousand asteroids of different sizes. And came to the conclusion that the fall of an asteroid in diameter of not less than 140 metres will cause a shock wave and tsunami that will destroy life. In case of a fall of a large cosmic body of mass destruction and death would begin even before its contact with the Ground, as is likely, the asteroid will explode in the sky. According to the model, in 60% of cases, the settlements will carry the shock wave, caused by the pressure will cause people to rupture internal organs.

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