Asteroid 2010 GA6 To Miss Earth on 9th Apr 4.36 IST

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A newly discovered asteroid, 2010 GA6, will fly by Earth this Thursday at 23:06 U.T.C. i.e. Friday, 9 April 2010, 04:36:00 a.m. IST.

Here is the simulation of the Asteroid:

This Asteroid would 2010 GA6 will miss us by about 359,000 kilometers (223,000 miles) which is about 9/10ths the distance to the moon. The size of the asteroid is reported to be approximately 22 meters (71 feet) wide. This object was discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey, Tucson, Az.

When was this object Discovered ?
This object was first observed on 5th April, 2010.

How many days does this asteroid take to revolve around Sun?
it takes 1269.85 Days or 3.48 Years for this object to go around for once.

Does it Mean that this object was there since long time and we discovered it now ?
Yes. As you may see in the simulation created.

At What Speed is this Asteroid moving ?
Its reported to be moving at 12.14 km/sec.

How do you compare this Asteroid with Asteroid Which missed us in Jan 2010 and November 2009 ?

This Asteroid however, is a bit bigger compared to other recent asteroid alerts written on this blog and issued by NASA's Near Earth Observation program . In November 2009, a 7-meter asteroid called 2009 VA came within 14,000 km (8,700 miles) of Earth and in January, 2010 AL30 was about 10-15 meters long and came within only 128,000 km (about 80,000 miles).

According to Don Yeomans of NASA's Near-Earth Object Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. "Fly bys of near-Earth objects within the moon's orbit occur every few weeks,"

How are Asteroids Detected and Tracked ?
NASA detects and tracks asteroids and comets passing close to Earth using both ground and space-based telescopes. The Near-Earth Object Observations Program, commonly called "Spaceguard," discovers these objects, characterizes a subset of them and plots their orbits to determine if any could be potentially hazardous to our planet.

JPL manages the Near-Earth Object Program Office for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

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