Under the glare of the Sun, scientists observed an asteroid that could potentially collide with Earth and gave it the nickname Planet Killer.
According to Scientific alert, giant asteroid named 2022 AP7 The newly discovered asteroid has a diameter of up to 1.5 km, making it the largest near-Earth asteroid ever discovered in the last 8 years. Even more worrying, it is in an orbit that could come close enough to Earth in the future. “to cause problems”.
According to the sheet Space, If impacted, this asteroid is powerful enough to cause an impact “can be felt on many continents” should be nicknamed by scientists “planetary killer”.
Graphic image depicting the “planet killer” in direct sunlight
Graphic image depicting the “planetary killer” in bright sunlight – (Photo: DOE/FNAL/DECam/CTIO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/).
2022 AP7 has been there for a long time, between the orbits of Earth and Venus and is large enough to observe. However, it “hides” amid the Sun’s dazzling light, where higher telescopes also avoid looking. The extreme brightness of the Sun can damage their sensitive optical equipment.
It was discovered by chance DEC Dark Energy Camera In Cerro Tolobo Inter-American Observatory in Chile, specializes in exploring the sky at dusk, helping to detect hidden objects like 2022 AP7.
According to a research team led by astronomer Scott S. Shepard of the Carnegie Institution for Science’s Earth and Planetary Laboratory, If this “planet killer” collides with Earth, it will cause far more damage than Chelyabinsk.
This will therefore be a goal that space agencies around the world will need to monitor closely and towards which to direct their planetary defense missions.
There are currently more than 2,200 potentially hazardous asteroids, which are space rocks that are moving dangerously close to Earth and measure more than 1 km in diameter.
Out “planetary killer“, during this search, scientists also discovered two other large asteroids: PH27 2021 and LJ4 2021but fortunately their orbit does not intersect the Earth.
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Under the blinding light of the Sun, scientists observed an asteroid likely to collide with Earth and gave it the nickname killer…