Potentially Hazardous Asteroid to Fly by Earth Safely on January 26

Near Earth Asteroid Eros
This image, taken by NASA’s Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous
mission in 2000, shows a close-up view of the asteroid Eros.

Asteroids are one of the most hazardous objects in the solar system. The NASA keeps close eye on potentially hazardous objects and allows us to know about asteroids coming towards Earth. This time, asteroid named as 2004 BL86, will be safely pass Earth on 26 January, 2015. The size of the asteroid is estimated to be around 650 m by studying reflected brightness of the asteroid. The asteroid of this size is categorized as Potentially Hazardous Asteroid. Continue reading “Potentially Hazardous Asteroid to Fly by Earth Safely on January 26”

Near Earth asteroid held together by weak cohesive force

Near Earth Asteroid
Near-Earth asteroids are potential threat to Earth (Image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL)

A Near-Earth asteroid having a¬†potential threat to Earth does not have enough gravity to hold it together with its very high spinning speed. The spinning speed is high enough to break it apart into pieces then how is this asteroid held together? Continue reading “Near Earth asteroid held together by weak cohesive force”