Asteroid 2013 TV135 – Will the world end in 2032?
In September 16, the newly discovered asteroid 2013 TV135 has achieved a close approach to Earth when it came within 6.7 million kilometers (4.2 million miles). 2013 TV135 is an asteroid that has been just detected on Oct. 8, by astronomers working at the Crimean Astrophysical Observatory in Ukraine, several other observatories have proved it. 2013 TV135 is an asteroid with an approximated size of about 400 meters (a quarter mile) and its orbit carries it as far out as about three quarters of the distance to Jupiter’s orbit and as close to the sun as Earth’s orbit. As of Oct. 14, asteroid 2013 TV135 is one of 10,332 objects in the neighborhood of the Earth that have been discovered. In accordance to their estimations, 2013 TV135 is now encircling the Earth at a distance of 1.7 million kilometers, and its orbital path could place it on a catastrophic collision trajectory with our planet in 2032.
By Thursday, 5 other groups had confirmed the discovery, counting observatories in Spain, the U.K., Russia and Italy. NASA has confirmed the finding as well, adding 2013 TV135 to its register of newly observed near-Earth objects. The American space society rated the asteroid a 1 on its Torino level, meaning that the object represents a danger and “merits cautious inspection.” With just a small number of surveillance days for an orbital period that spans almost four years, its future trajectory is still fairly undefined and the chances that this asteroid could be back in Earth’s neighborhood in 2032 are highly great. Astronomers discover asteroid that could hit Terra with the force of 2,500 nuclear bombs, but NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program Office states the probability this asteroid could then contact Terra is only one in 63,000. So it is extremely unlikely that this asteroid will doom us all. The object should be easily visible in the coming months and once additional observations are offered to the Minor Planet Center which is situated in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the preliminary orbit estimates will be improved and the most probable conclusion will be a dramatic diminution, or total elimination, of any threat of Earth impact. “In some other words, that situate the current likelihood of no impact in 2032 at around 99.998%,” affirmed Don Yeomans, who is the director of NASA’s Program, Near-Earth Object Office at the Jet Propulsion Research laboratory in Pasadena. “This is a bit of a unusual discovery. With supplementary observations, I absolutely expect that we will be able to considerably reduce, or rule out completely, any impact probability for the foreseeable future.” The bad news is that if the asteroid does wind up on a direct collision path with Terra, there would be no technique to halt it. Even if Michael Bay and Bruce Willis tried to tell you otherwise, fifteen years ago, there’s no equipment in place to stop an approaching asteroid. According to Russian most important security specialist Igor Korotchenko, we may not have an adequate protection system to get the job done for another fifty years. NASA Wants Help Preventing Asteroids From Destroying Earth and the russian scientists have good reason to be sensitive in this case.