Monday, 8 August 2016

Asteroid 2016 NG33 passes the Earth.

2016 NG33 passed by the Earth at a distance of 18 070 000 km (47 times the average distance between the Earth and the Moon, or 12% of the average distance between the Earth and the Sun), at about 2.50 am GMT on Monday 8 August 2016. There was no danger of the asteroid hitting us, though had it done so it would have presented a considerable threat. 2016 NG33 has an estimated equivalent diameter of 94-300 m (i.e. a spherical body with the same mass would be 94-300 m in diameter), and an towards the upper end of this range would pass through the atmosphere and directly impact the ground with a force of about 1110 megatons (about 65 300 times the explosive energy of the Hiroshima bomb), causing devastation over a wide area and creating a crater about 4.6 km across, and resulting in global climatic problems that could last for decades or even centuries.

 The calculated orbit of 2016 NG33JPL Small Body Database.

2016 NG33 was discovered on 11 July 2016 (28 days before its closest approach to the Earth) by the University of Arizona's Mt. Lemmon Survey at the Steward Observatory on Mount Lemmon in the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson. The designation 2016 NG33 implies that the asteroid was the 832nd object (object G33) discovered in the first half of July 2016 (period 2016 N).

2016 NG33 has a 386 day orbital period and an eccentric orbit that takes it from 0.94 AU from the Sun (i.e. 94% of the average distance at which the Earth orbits the Sun) to 1.14 AU from the Sun (i.e. 114% of the average distance at which the Earth orbits the Sun). It is therefore classed as an Apollo Group Asteroid (an asteroid that is on average further from the Sun than the Earth, but which does get closer). This means that close encounters between the asteroid and Earth are very common, with the last thought to have happened in February this year and the next predicted in February 2017. As an asteroid possibly larger than 150 m in diameter that occasionally comes within 0.05 AU of the Earth, 2016 NG33 is also classified as a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid. 

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