The “dangerous” asteroid discovered last year will not collide with Earth on 2052


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Our planet is safe… for now. The near-Earth asteroid 2021 QM1 will not collide with the Earth in the year 2052.

Astronomers used the VLT telescope and removed it from the list of dangerous space bodies for our planet.

The scientists previously estimated the probability of its collision with the Earth as 1 in 3322.

2021 QM1 was originally discovered on August 28, 2021 by the Mount Lemmon Observatory telescopes in Arizona.

Then, on September 6, 2021, the asteroid approached the Earth at a distance of 2.68 million kilometers.

This near-Earth space rock belongs to the Apollo group, has a diameter of 35 to 80 meters and orbits the Sun in 691 days, while crossing the orbits of Mars, Venus, and Earth.

(ESO / O. Henao)

The initial calculations showed that on September 13, 2038, asteroid 2021 QM1 was going to approach the Earth at a distance of 17.6 million kilometers.

Then, on April 2, 2052 that asteroid was going to collide with the Earth with a probability of 1 in 3322. Because of this, the rock was put on the risk list.

Then, on May 24 this year, astronomers from ESA observed the space rock using the ground-based complex of VLT telescopes.

They found that the asteroid was 250 million times dimmer than the faintest stars visible to the naked eye.

The team refined 2021 QM1's trajectory and excluded the possibility of its collision with our planet in 2052.

Finally, 2021 QM1 was officially excluded from the list of risky space objects.


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