An asteroid passed between the moon and the earth

An asteroid passed between the moon and the earth
An asteroid passed between the moon and the earth

Last Saturday, June 29, an asteroid of considerable size, identified as 2024 MK, crossed the space between the Earth and the Moon. It was discovered only two weeks before. It even approached to about 290,000 km from our planet. Although this distance is not very great for astronomers, it reminds us of the reality of the potential threat of space objects.

Asteroid impacts can have devastating consequences. In 2013, a small asteroid exploded over Siberia, injuring more than a thousand people. An impact of 2024 MK, estimated to be between 146 and 240 meters in diameter, would have an energy equivalent to that of several atomic bombs.

NASA and other space agencies are constantly monitoring these objects to prevent such events in the future. However, this one was seen at the last minute for the astronomy world.

Asteroid 2024 MK, while classified as potentially hazardous due to its size and orbit that crossed Earth’s, does not pose an immediate threat. However, it does highlight the importance of vigilance and preparedness for potential space hazards. Technological advances, such as NASA’s DART mission, show that humanity is actively preparing to deflect potential future asteroids if necessary. Forget the 1998 movie “Armageddon” that starred Bruce Willis. Drilling into an asteroid is not recommended.

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