400-METER ASTEROID IS APPROACHING EARTH

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The month of February is busy with big asteroids. NASA's NEOs project, which monitors the Earth's surroundings for potential asteroids that may come crashing into us, has announced in its list of nearby rocks a gigantic asteroid that may be 200 to 450 meters across. It was discovered in 1999 and is approaching Earth in a few days.

This Wednesday, 06/02, another 100-meter asteroid is passing near Earth at 17 DL (Lunar Distance) - 1 DL is equivalent to the distance from Earth to the Moon, which is approximately 380,000 kilometers. The asteroid is called 2013 RV9 and does not pose any danger to the Earth in this passage. On the same day the asteroid 2019 BK4, of 22 meters, will be passing to only 4 DL, but luckily also does not represent danger for us.

The 400-meter star is the center of attention this month, and it will also be on a Wednesday, February 2. This is called 455176 (1999 VF22), will pass a distance of 19 DL (approximately 7 million kilometers) from the Earth moving at 95 km / h through space. The rock itself will not clash with our planet during this passage, but serves to reinforce the idea that there are dangers up there.

Such a rock would cause unprecedented damage to large urban centers, killing thousands of lives with impact. Using very shallow estimates, an asteroid can create a crater of up to half a kilometer. Can you imagine it falling in a big city like São Paulo? It would not lead to the extinction of the human race, but the impact would not be interesting to see.

For this there is the NEOs project, which constantly monitors these rocks that can be potentially dangerous for our planet. You can even keep track of these approaches on the official NASA website, after all, they are constantly updating the list of rocks near Earth.

The message we want to pass on is not to banalize the asteroids. We often play with the theme, but it is very serious, and the story is there to rely on its countless cases of rocks coming from space and causing disruptions here on Earth. A few days ago a meteorite crashed in Cuba, breaking the roof of a house (see photos) and will complete 6 years on 15/02 the fall of the Chelyabinsk meteorite that indirectly injured more than a thousand people in Russia.

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