Asteroid 2013 TX68 will make very close pass by Earth next month: NASA

Asteroid 2013 TX68 will make very close pass by Earth next month: NASA

A small asteroid discovered just a few years ago will likely make a very close pass by Earth in early March this year, The National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) announced.
According to the U.S. space agency, the asteroid dubbed 2013 TX68 will pass by out planet on March 5, 2016. The nearly 100-foot (30 meters) long asteroid is expected to fly by at the distance of 9 million miles (14M km) to just 11,000 miles (17,000 km).

Scientists could not estimate a precise distance as they were able to track the space rock for a very short time. It was first spotted in 2013.

If it passes at its closest possible distance of merely 11,000 miles, the flyby will be an extremely close one. In that case, it would be closer to Earth than communications satellites. However, scientists assured that there is no danger.

Paul Chodas, manager at the space agency’s Center for NEO Studies, said, “The possibilities of collision on any of the three future flyby dates are far too small to be of any real concern. I fully expect any future observations to reduce the probability even more.”

Asteroid 2013 TX68, which is travelling at a speed of 32,212 miles per hour, measures twice the size of the meteor that exploded three years ago in the sky over Russia. That explosion smashed hundreds of windows in the city of Chelyabinsk before the rock landed in a lake outside town, but it did not cause any significant damage.