What is this thing that passed very close to the Earth? NASA released the picture


New Delhi. America’s space agency NASA captured an object passing near the Earth, which stunned everyone. The width of the object captured in the picture is said to be two thousand feet. In simple words, it is a little more than half a kilometer. Astronomers took a radar image of this asteroid that passed safely near the Earth on April 15. This asteroid has been named ‘2013 NK4’. Scientists took its picture on April 13 using the Goldstone radar in California.

NASA said, “The narrow echo of the radar probably establishes that ‘2013 NK4’ rotates very slowly, and its shape is divided into two parts.” According to research, the meteorite ‘2013 NK4’ is probably a binary contact, which means that it is made up of two bodies or meteors, which gravitate towards each other until they touch and, therefore, form an elongated shape. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory reported that this space rock was closest to Earth on April 15 at 10:50 am US time. It was told that at that time the distance between the Earth and this rock was just 2 million miles i.e. 32 lakh kilometers.

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…then the whole city would have been destroyed
It was claimed that if this 2 thousand feet big asteroid had hit the Earth, then an entire city could have been destroyed. However, luckily it passed safely after reaching closest to the Earth. NASA says that considering the size of this asteroid, it was declared dangerous. However, it was already clear that there is no danger to the Earth from this.

It was possible to see it even with amateur telescopes…
NASA claims that this 2,000 feet wide meteorite is twice as big as the Apophis meteorite. Apophis is expected to come very close to Earth in the year 2029. However, according to NASA’s calculations, the meteorite ‘2013 NK4’ could also be seen through amateur telescopes between April 15 and April 17.

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