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Asteroide potencialmente peligroso se deslizará entre la Tierra y la órbita de la Luna este fin de semana

Un asteroide lo suficientemente grande como para arrasar con una ciudad se deslizará inofensivamente entre la Tierra y la órbita de la Luna este fin de semana, y perderá ambos cuerpos celestes.

El encuentro cercano del sábado ofrecerá a los astrónomos la oportunidad de estudiar una roca espacial a poco más de 100.000 millas (168.000 kilómetros) de distancia. Eso es menos de la mitad de la distancia desde aquí hasta la luna, lo que la hace visible a través de binoculares y telescopios pequeños.

Si bien los sobrevuelos de asteroides son comunes, la NASA dijo que es raro que uno tan grande se acerque tanto, aproximadamente una vez por década. Los científicos estiman su tamaño entre 130 y 300 pies (40 y 90 metros).Principales tiendas AP 23 de marzo PMAquí está lo último para el jueves 23 de marzo: el CEO de TikTok testifica ante el Congreso; Un muerto en rescate de rehenes del FBI; Biden se dirige a Canadá; Huelga escolar de Los Ángeles en tercer y último día.

Descubierto hace un mes, el asteroide conocido como 2023 DZ2 pasará a 320.000 millas (515.000 kilómetros) de la luna el sábado y, varias horas después, zumbará en el Océano Índico a unas 17.500 mph (28.000 kph).

“No hay posibilidad de que este ‘asesino de ciudades’ golpee la Tierra, pero su acercamiento cercano ofrece una gran oportunidad para las observaciones”, dijo el jefe de defensa planetaria de la Agencia Espacial Europea, Richard Moissl, en un comunicado.

Los astrónomos de la Red Internacional de Alerta de Asteroides lo ven como una buena práctica para la defensa planetaria si un asteroide peligroso se dirige hacia nosotros, según la NASA.

El Proyecto del Telescopio Virtual proporcionará una transmisión web en vivo del acercamiento cercano.

El asteroide no volverá a nuestro camino hasta 2026. Aunque inicialmente parecía haber una pequeña posibilidad de que pudiera golpear la Tierra, los científicos lo han descartado desde entonces.

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