Asteroid QV89 will skip our home plane on the morning of September 9, 2019. Astronomers at the Catalina Sky Survey first discovered the rocky object flying around the sun in August 2006. Almost 13 years later and the cobblestone has been placed on European Space Agency (ESA) list of potential impactors. But does this mean that the asteroid is heading for an inevitable collision course with our home plane?
Asteroid 2006 QV89 is a 131 meter wide (40m) stone that orbits the sun once every 474.4 days.
The space path is comparable in size to the famous Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France or five London double decker buses.
An asteroid this store can cause significant damage if it knocks the ground or disintegrates in the atmosphere.
When a 65,6ft wide (20m) exploded over Russia's Chelyabinsk Oblast in 201
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Fortunately for us, this time, the ESA classified QV89 has a "no hazard" object.
According to astronomer Eddie Irizarry of the Astronomical Society of the Caribbean, the asteroid is not a danger and not a priority for ESA observations.
The astronomer wrote for EarthSky: "As we have said man y times before, and as it is still true, there is no known dangerous asteroid that poses an imminent risk of soil impact.
" Could an asteroid strike the ground ? Of course. Therefore, astronomers continue to pay attention.
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"Bottom line: Asteroid 2006 QV89 has been unfairly hyped as a threat to Earth in September 2019.
" It is In fact, one of many asteroids on the astronomers' risk list is not classified as a priority task. It is classified as & # 39; no hazard & # 39 ;. "
And according to NASA's own calculations, there is a 99.989 percent chance that the asteroid will miss us in September.
So what's so special about this asteroid? Absolutely nothing.
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Asteroid QV89 is an excellent example of an Apollo-type stone flying around in the solar system's inner circles
apollo-type asteroids and Comets are limited within Asteroid Belt's boundaries between Mars and Jupiter and follow a path similar to Asteroid 1862 Apollo.
Many of these space rocks are so-called "Near Earth Objects" or NEO and often cross paths with Earth .
However, these asteroids rarely hit the planet, and astronomers are not aware of any object that will hit our planet in the foreseeable future.
Irizarry said: "Many asteroids appear temporarily in a risk list due to uncertainties in their paths.
" These uncertainties typically occur when an object has recently been discovered by observatories and only seen within a few nights after the discovery, subsequently becomi ng too weak to observe. "
When an asteroid appears on radars, astronomers can gain a better insight into the speed and path of rock.
This helps scientists narrow down the likelihood of impact for hundreds of years in the future.