We know for a fact that NASA is always giving us details about asteroids that come near Earth. They also tell us the probability to hit our planet. Let us take a clear example: just last week, ESA predicted that the asteroid identified as 2006 QV89 has a 1-in-7000 chance of actually hitting our planet in September. Asteroids can cause a lot of problems for us if one hits Earth. An asteroid called 2019 MO really hit Earth last weekend, just before it burned off near Puerto Rico.
About this asteroid
The name of the asteroid is 2019 MO. It is almost as big as a car – that is a 4-meter diameter. The ATLAS system had found it before it actually reached the Earth. It was observed four times in 30 minutes by ATLAS. This happened on the morning of the 22nd of June. The ATLAS system is like a telescope that analyzes the night sky. This happens twice a week. The ATLAS system was able to track about 100 asteroids per year. They ranged from 30 meters to even more. However, 2019 MO was an asteroid. This is why it got burned when it entered the atmosphere of Earth.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory analyzed the first observations of the asteroid, as well. The impact was rated as 2. this means that the asteroid could not have affected the Earth in a significant way. As said before, the telescopes were able to track the asteroid before it actually got to enter the atmosphere of Earth. This is a great deal for our technology. Finding asteroids through telescopes is not an easy thing to do. And even though 2019 MO was a harmless asteroid, that would not have caused damage to the Earth or us, space agencies are always looking out for asteroids that could be very dangerous.
Sam is a freelance writer who has experience writing in the digital world for 4 years after he quit his job. Sam’s interests in current world affairs gave him the drive to pursue a career in journalism. Sam originates from Russia, lived in Canada for a short time between 2011 and 2013, then moved to New York to pursue his career.