The largest asteroid this year will fly past the Earth in March at maximum speed

The American Space Agency said the approaching asteroid would allow astronomers to see

the space object is close enough. According to NASA, the asteroid 2001 FO32 has a diameter of about 914 m and was discovered 20 years ago.

The distance at which the asteroid is located is 5.25times the distance from the Earth to the Moon. Yet it's close enough for 2001 FO32 to be classified as a "potentially hazardous asteroid." NASA announced that the object will travel at a speed of about 124 thousand km / h, this speed exceeds that at which most asteroids pass by the Earth.

“Little is known about this object now,therefore, its approach gives scientists a great opportunity to learn a lot about this asteroid, ”explains Lance Banner, chief scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

This photo shows an inside view of the dome.NASA Infrared Telescope during nighttime observations. The 3.2-meter telescope atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii will be used to measure the infrared spectrum of asteroid 2001 FO32. photo: UH / IfA

Astronomers hope to better understand the size of the asteroidand get a rough idea of ​​its composition by studying the light reflected from its surface. When sunlight hits the surface of an asteroid in waves, the minerals in the rocks absorb some lengths and reflect others. By studying the spectrum of light reflecting off a surface, astronomers can measure the chemical signatures of minerals on an asteroid's surface.

Amateur astronomers in parts of the world will also be able to see 2001 FO32. The asteroid will be a very bright object in the night sky.

NASA has stated that more than 95% of the approaching Earthasteroids FO32 sized in 2001 or larger have been cataloged, and none have any chance of colliding with our planet within the next century.

After a brief visit in 2001, FO32 will continue its journey, not getting so close to Earth until 2052.

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