United Nations truck-sized asteroid spent Thursday near the Land without causing danger, in one of the closest approaches ever recorded, information space scientists.

the asteroid 2023 burecently discovered by an amateur astronomer, passed through the southern tip of South America around 4:29 p.m. (US West Coast Time, 0029 GMT on Friday), according to the US space agency NASA.

At its closest, the rock came just 2,200 miles (3,600 kilometers) of the earth’s surfacemuch closer than most geostationary satellites that orbit the planet.

discovered on saturday

The rock was discovered on Saturday from a observatory in Crimea by the amateur astronomer Gennadi Borisov, who had already detected an interesting comet in 2019.

Then dozens of sightings were made at observatories around the world, and the NASA’s Scout impact risk assessment system quickly ruled out an asteroid impact on Earth, Said the space agency.

Despite making few observations, Scout was able to predict that the asteroid would «come extraordinarily close to Earth,» said Davide Farnocchia, who helped develop the Scout system.

very close approach

«In fact, this is one of the closest known approaches of an object to Earth ever recorded,» he added.

But even if the calculations had been wrong, humanity would have been safe, according to scientists.

With a length of only 3.5 to 8.5 meters, 2023 BU is too small to deal significant damage and It would have caught fire upon entering the atmosphere.

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