The giant asteroid in question is known as (465824) 2010 FR, which will approach our planet on September 6. It is 162 meters in diameter, and the asteroid in question is a true giant – measuring the height of the Blackpool Tower itself. And almost twice the size of a Big Ben. Not only is it huge, but it’s also exceptionally fast – it travels at a whopping 14 kilometers per second.
Fortunately, the 2010 FR will pass within a close distance of more than 7.5 million kilometers from Earth, but giant space rocks are still intriguing astronomers.
As the asteroid approaches Earth on September 4, researchers on the virtual telescope project set out to take some kinematic footage of the space rock that approached.
With the asteroid located more than 7.8 million kilometers away at the time of the image capture, it was definitely an amazing place.
The Virtual Telescope Project said: “The telescope precisely tracked the apparent motion of the asteroid, so the stars produce long paths, while the asteroid appears as a sharp point of light in the center of the image. It is marked by an arrow.
“The full moon was not far in the sky, so the image was captured in less than ideal conditions: despite this, the 2010 FR asteroid is well visible.
“At the time of imaging, the asteroid (465824) 2010 FR was about 7.8 million kilometers from Earth and was slowly approaching us.”
Although the asteroid travels about 19 times the distance between the Earth and the Moon, NASA still calls it a “potential hazard.”
The term “potential danger” refers to the feeling that somewhere down the line in the history of the solar system, an asteroid could collide with Earth depending on its future orbits to the Sun.
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“Scientific interest in comets and asteroids is largely due to their status as a relatively unchanged remnant of the formation of the Solar System about 4.6 billion years ago.
The giant exoplanets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune) formed from the conglomeration of billions of comets and the remains of parts and parts of this formation process are the comets that we see today.
“Likewise, today’s asteroids are the bits and pieces left of the initial cluster of inner planets that include Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars.”