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NASA Alert: 88 Feet Asteroid To Have Close Encounter With Earth Today

NASA has issued a public alert regarding asteroid 2024 KN1, which is set to have a close encounter with Earth on June 23, 2024, at 18:09 UTC (11:39 PM IST). This asteroid, categorized as part of the Amor group, measures approximately 88 feet in diameter and will travel at a speed of about 16,500 kilometers […]

NASA has issued a public alert regarding asteroid 2024 KN1, which is set to have a close encounter with Earth on June 23, 2024, at 18:09 UTC (11:39 PM IST). This asteroid, categorized as part of the Amor group, measures approximately 88 feet in diameter and will travel at a speed of about 16,500 kilometers per hour.

While the asteroid’s approach poses no threat to Earth, it presents scientists with a valuable opportunity to study these near-Earth objects. Initial assessments of 2024 KN1 indicated a potential impact, but lacked precise details regarding its size, composition, and trajectory. Complicating matters, crucial follow-up observations were delayed by seven months due to the asteroid passing behind the Sun as viewed from Earth.

The ongoing monitoring of near-Earth objects, like asteroid 2024 KN1, is a key focus for NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS). This effort relies on data from observatories worldwide, including contributions from projects such as Pan-STARRS, the Catalina Sky Survey, and NASA’s NEOWISE mission. Radar projects, such as JPL’s Goldstone Solar System Radar Group, also play a vital role in tracking these space rocks.

NASA emphasizes that this monitoring allows astronomers to assess any potential impact risks from near-Earth objects well in advance. Amateur astronomers also contribute significantly to this effort, providing valuable data that aids international initiatives to understand and monitor these celestial bodies.

As technology and observational capabilities improve, so too will our understanding of near-Earth objects and their trajectories. This advancement will enhance our ability to predict and mitigate any potential future risks associated with these celestial objects.

For now, NASA reassures that asteroid 2024 KN1 will pass by Earth safely, offering scientists another chance to study these intriguing objects within our solar system.

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