Thursday, 24 January 2008

Asteroid TU24 to pass within 334,000 miles of Earth on Jan 29

Washington, Jan 24 (ANI): Astronomers will have an opportunity to have a good feel at an asteroid, referred to as 2007 TU24, which will near Earth to within 334,000 miles on January 29, 2008. Discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey on October 11, 2007, the asteroid is between 150 and 600 meters in diameter, and will hit an approximate obvious ratio 10. 3 on Jan 29, before rapidly becoming fainter as it moves farther from Earth. Astronomers and enthusiastic place watchers would be capable to respect this asteroid for a short moment in blue and clear-cut skies with amateur telescopes of 3-inch apertures or larger. Given the estimated amount of near-Earth asteroids of this size (about 7,000 discovered and unexplored objects), a target of this size would be expected to give this closing to Earth, on average, about every 5 years or then.

2007 TU24 will be the closest presently known access by a possibly dangerous asteroid of this size or larger until 2027. But though the average interval between real Earth impacts for a target of this size would be about 37,000 years, asteroid 2007 TU24, in spite of being near Earth, has no opportunity of hitting, or affecting the planet. Plans have been made for the Goldstone global radar to respect this target on Jan 23-24 and for the Arecibo radar to respect it on Jan 27-28 and so Feb 1-4. High-resolution radar imagery is expected, which may allow late 3-D form reconstruction. (ANI)

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