It’s all happening in the skies next week. The third and final Full Moon Supermoon of 2019, the Spring Equinox and now, the close approach of a newly-discovered asteroid on the night between 21 and 22 March.
Asteroid “2019 EA2” first spotted on 9 March has an estimated diameter of 18 to 39 metres and will fly by at a (safe) distance of 0.8 Lunar Units from Earth. That’s 189,923 miles or 0.8 times the distance between the Earth and the Moon. It is travelling at a speed of 12,027 miles per hour or 3.3 miles per second. Whoosh!
We love Asteroids. They hold many a secret of the evolution of our universe. Only last month Japan’s probe Hayabusa2 landed on Asteroid Ryugu and successfully harvested a sample which is due to arrive back on earth in 2020.
So hello and goodbye 2019 EA2. See you again in 2131.
via NASA-JPL and EarthSky