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Carme Jordi:

"Dos asteroides de grans dimensions creuaran dimecres l'ōrbita de la Terra"

Astronomy on the Radio and TV


Trajectory 1998 SD9 (NASA)
  • Date: 28/08/2018
  • By: Carme Jordi, Institut de Cičncies del Cosmos (ICCUB [IEEC-UB])
  • Programme: "Catalunya migdia" de Catalunya rādio.

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  • Language: Catalan
ICCUB Galaxy Structure researcher, Carme Jordi, talks about two asteroids that will pass tonight next to the Earth on Catalunya Radio.

The asteroids are 2016NF23 that is considered potentially dangerous due to its big size and Neo1998SD9 that is smaller but will pass closer to our planet, both will pass tonight. Even though the first one is big enough to produce serious damages to our planet, "they are not considered dangerous due to its trajectory, that has been precisely calculated and turned out to be too far to be harmful to the Earth" said Carme Jordi at Catalunya Migdia radio program. But added that “They need to be closely observed because there are always perturbations in their path and the trajectory calculation must be corrected.”

Luckily, the passing of asteroids is not dangerous for us and in addition it becomes a scientific chance to study the most ancient objects of the Solar System.
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