He approached the Earth at a dangerous distance.
Scientists from the European southern Observatory in Chile managed to take pictures of space alien. It proved to be one of the quite rare double asteroid, living in the inner regions of the Solar system. He flew, fortunately, past the Earth at a speed of 70 thousand miles per hour, reports the Chronicle.info with reference to Politico.
The object astronomers have named 1999 KW4.
Unique photo helped to make the telescope VLT. And a valuable resource will help scientists to save the planet from collisions with space bodies.
“These pictures, as well as data from other telescopes that are critical to develop strategies that will help us to avoid an asteroid collision with the Earth, if one of them will come to this course. In the worst case, we can predict what the implications of the fall,” said Olivier Hainaut of the European southern Observatory in Chile.
1999 KW4 is among Atanov is a group of near-earth asteroids, revolving close to the Sun and crossing the orbit of Earth at its maximum distance from the sun.
This Aton was very interested in professionals. First, impress it unusual for such celestial bodies the size – its diameter is 1.3 kilometers. And secondly, a double asteroid has an unusual shape and orbit. 1999 KW4 is somewhat reminiscent of the cupcake and moving closer to the Sun at a record close distance.
1999 KW4 is one of the most dangerous asteroids. Experts have calculated that this visitor from outer space will approach earth at a minimum distance (2.3 million kilometers) in 2036.
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Now scientists have observed for 1999 KW4 and study the asteroid. This will help to save the Earth from collision with other celestial bodies. In fact, as acknowledged by astronomers, asteroids are many. According to NASA, the number of small asteroids can reach a million, and we know only about a few thousands.