Shocking! Asteroid would hit Earth, ESA says; then THIS happened!

ESA tracked an asteroid that would hit Earth! Yes, you read that right. Then suddenly this happened

In an incident that left everyone stunned, an asteroid on its way to hit Earth has suddenly changed course, shocking astronomers. Apparently the asteroid was moving toward Earth so fast that there was no way to deflect it and a hit was almost certain. In January, scientists tracked a near-earth object (NEO) whose trajectory indicated it would hit Earth on July 4, 2023, causing massive destruction in the local area of ​​the impact. But on further observation in February, it was discovered that the asteroid has undergone a mysterious course correction and will now not hit Earth. Named asteroid 2022 AE1, it has become the latest mystery for astronomers and scientists at the European Space Agency (ESA).

The situation around the asteroid was quite worrying. The chances of the 200-foot-wide asteroid (for reference: the size of a 20-story building) hitting our planet increased after the first 7 days of observation, according to the ESA. After that, the scientists were kept in the dark for a week as the moon made its way between the asteroid and Earth, making it impossible to observe 2022 AE 1 because of its luminescence. Once the moon moved away and astronomers observed the asteroid again, the likelihood of an impact has declined dramatically to the point where it has now been removed from the ESA’s risk list.

Mysterious asteroid heading for Earth undergoes course correction

The risk assessment of the asteroid initially presented a very high risk. Marco Micheli, an ESA astronomer explained“In January of this year, we became aware of an asteroid with the highest position on the Palermo scale that we have seen in more than a decade, namely -1.5. In my nearly ten years at ESA, I have never seen such a risky object. It has been a thrill to track 2022 AE1 and fine-tune its trajectory until we had enough data to say for sure that this asteroid will not strike.”

The Palermo Technical Impact Hazard Scale, also known as the Palermo Scale, is a logarithmic scale used by astronomers to assess the potential hazard from an impact from a near-terrestrial object (NEO). For reference, a score of +2 on the scale would indicate massive destruction, while -2 would mean an impact will only cause local damage upon impact.

So, how did an asteroid, so likely to hit Earth, suddenly change course? “As is often the case, the overlap with the Earth remains, even though the risk corridor narrows with further observations and thus the risk appears to be increasing. More often than not, as the danger zone narrows, the Earth’s small potential corridor moves and the risk suddenly decreases,” ESA said.

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