U.S.: flying past Earth asteroid can be seen without a telescope

10.02.2005

10.02.2005


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In 2029 the inhabitants of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East will be able to observe with the naked eye flight asteroid 2004 MN4, which at the time were predicting a collision with the Earth, according to CNN.

According to astronomers, these events occur once in a thousand years, and it is possible that the regions from which you can watch the flight of the heavenly bodies, the expected massive influx of tourists. In modern history, there has never been one such case where a fireproof asteroid flew at such a close distance from our planet, and it can be seen with the naked eye.

At the time of closest approach to Earth in 2004 MN4 will be separated from her only 36350 miles. It is even smaller than the orbits of many satellites launched from Earth. The diameter of the asteroid — 320 meters. In history there are cases where race cars of similar size approaching the Earth, but they can be seen only with a telescope.

Asteroid 2004 MN4 was opened in June last year. First, experts have suggested that it expects an imminent collision with the Earth. According to the calculations it could happen April 13, 2029. In the event of a collision impact of natural disasters can be very devastating.

Later, however, experts have specified path MN4, and now argue that the impact will be. The asteroid also does not strike and the moon.

Astronomers believe that an asteroid with the Earth will resemble the fast moving bright star that is visible without the aid of binoculars. In addition to MN4, in 2029 in the skies over our planet can be observed another asteroid — Vesta (diameter 538 km), but it will only be possible in the dark.

Battery News, 09.02.2005 12:01
Source: lenta.ru

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