Asteroid 2013 TV135 Will Not Crash Into Earth in 2032
Oct 22, 2013 07:53 AM EDT
NASA assures that there's no possibility of newly discovered Asteroid 2013 TV135 crashing into Earth in 2032.
Contrary to previous reports suggesting that the newly discovered Asteroid 2013 TV135 will collide with Earth in 2032, NASA released a report saying no such thing is going to happen.
The closest approach the asteroid has made to Earth was on September 16, 2013 when the space rock was 4.2 million miles away from our planet. Researchers speculate that the asteroid will return to the Earth's neighborhood in 2032 and this gave rise to reports suggesting it may crash into the planet.
According to analysis of data from it Near-Earth Object Program Office and less than a week's observations, NASA revealed that the current probability of this happening is only one in 63,000. The space agency is sure that further observations in coming weeks will result in a "dramatic reduction, or complete elimination, of any risk of Earth impact."
"To put it another way, that puts the current probability of no impact in 2032 at about 99.998 percent," said Don Yeomans, manager of NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. "This is a relatively new discovery. With more observations, I fully expect we will be able to significantly reduce, or rule out entirely, any impact probability for the foreseeable future."
The asteroid has an orbital period of four years. NASA officials said that the one week observation is too little to accurately predict the course of the asteroid.
Asteroid 2013 TV135 was first discovered by Ukrainian astronomers on Oct. 8, 2013. It is estimated to be about 1,300 feet (400 meters) in size and as of October 14, is one of 10,332 near-Earth objects that have been discovered.