Astronomers discovered the largest asteroid in 8 years — UNIAN

Astronomers discovered the largest asteroid in 8 years — UNIAN

Scientists have determined that the orbits of this asteroid and the Earth intersect.

Scientists discovered one of the largest potentially grazing asteroids / photo

Scientists have discovered a large potentially dangerous asteroidwhich has been hiding in the sunlight for a long time.

According to The Watchers, the new asteroid was named 2022 AP7. Its estimated size is reportedly between 1.1 and 2.3 kilometers. This makes it the largest potentially hazardous asteroid discovered in the last eight years. The object is also in the top 5 percent of the largest known potentially dangerous asteroids.

As reported, scientists were able to determine the asteroid’s orbit. This is an Apollo-type near-Earth object that crosses the Earth’s orbit.

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For the first time in history, humanity was able to change the trajectory of an asteroid

As UNIAN reported, the space agency was able to adjust the orbit of the Dimorphos asteroid by colliding the DART spacecraft with it. This is the first case in history when people were able to change the movement of a celestial object.

According to scientists, the result of the mission will allow protecting the Earth from attacks from space in the future. “This is a turning point for planetary protection and all of humanity,” NASA said.

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