Thanks to its observations and predictive models, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has been able to determine a series of precautionary measures to prevent catastrophes from space on Earth.
The Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) has released a new warning about the 2009 asteroid JF1; estimates risk of impact and even dates this possibility to May 6, 2022.
Faced with the risk represented by this Apollo asteroid, which is how asteroids are known with a path that approaches the orbit of the Earth and that can impact our planet, the center continues to study its progress to determine the risk based on the the months go by.
In its technical sheet it has been indicated that the asteroid that would hit the earth on May 6, 2022 has a diameter of 0.013 kilometers and a mass of more than 6 kilograms, going at a speed of approximately 23.92 kilometers per second.
This forecast was carried out based on 25 observations that were made between May 4 and 5, 2009; It is considered the fifth asteroid with the highest risk of impact. Statistics put the 2009 JF1 object’s crash probability at levels 1 in 4,166.
Sentry is part of NASA‘s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. This collision monitoring system continuously scans the most current asteroid catalog for possible impacts in the next 100 years.
Although it makes a list of the observed events, it is also possible that these will disappear when additional observations are available after there are no more detections of possible impacts.
In the list offered by Sentry, details are given of other asteroids that put the Blue Planet in check in the coming years, because although the closest one it presents is 2009 JF1, the one that it puts as the most dangerous is 29075 (1950 DA), which is expected to hit the Earth in 2880 and has a diameter of 1.3 kilometers, although it has a speed lower than the first mentioned.
One of the last objects that have circulated near our planet has been the asteroid 52786 (1998 OR2), which measures 1.8 kilometers long and 4.1 kilometers in diameter.
It is an object that approached our planet on April 29 and is classified as a “potentially dangerous object”, given its periodic passage near the Earth’s orbit.