An asteroid the size of a truck will pass ‘extremely close’ to Earth in the next few hours

Asteroid 2023 BU does not pose a threat to Earth , but NASA will  monitor its passage to study it.


Asteroid 2023 BU approaches Earth

An asteroid the approximate size of a truck will pass ‘close’ to Earth this Thursday and NASA will be attentive to observe it.

2023 BU is approximately 3.5 to 8.5 meters across and NASA forecasts that it will pass just 3,600 kilometers above the southern tip of South America in the afternoon.

Will the asteroid 2023 BU hit the earth?

NASA clearly states that there is no risk of the asteroid hitting Earth.

However, should this happen, the asteroid would become a fireball and disintegrate in the atmosphere.

2023 BU was discovered only a few days ago by Gennadiy Borisov, who also discovered the interstellar comet 2l/Borisov, from the Crimea.

According to Davide Farnocchia, a navigation engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, “this is one of the closest approaches of an object to Earth ever recorded.”

Changes in the trajectory of the asteroid

The approach to Earth of 2023 BU will cause a change in its trajectory due to the gravity of the planet.

Before meeting Earth , the asteroid ‘s orbit around the Sun was similar to ours with 359 days to complete.

After the step, this will be longer and it will take 425 days to complete it.