Amateur Astronomer Spots potentially dangerous Asteroid
The object which is officially known as Asteroid 2020 QU6 has been spotted by amateur astronomers just the day before it passed the earth
If it crashed into Earth, the object would have caused global destruction. However, at a reasonable distance of 40 million km or more, the distance between Earth and the Moon was 100 times greater. It flew over.
However, experts found that relatively large objects could easily be overlooked when they reach Earth and repeated alerts that the planet could be subjected to accidental collisions without thorough monitoring.
Leonardo Amaral first discovered the object – officially referred to as Asteroid 2020 QU6 – at the Brazilian observatory in Campo dos Amarais on 27 August. On 10 September, it flew the closest passage past Earth.
Before they get so close, a number of advanced surveys are conducted. But experts said the finding reflects the lack of reliability in those systems and that many other fascinating, yet potentially hazardous artifacts could be identified.
Nasa was charged with identifying and monitoring 90% of objects near Earth that are 140 meters or larger by 2020 by the US Congress. But she did fail to do so in the face of demands for more funding: just 40% of those items were identified and her goal is not expected to meet for 30 years to come.
The Planetary Society noted that most big ventures for asteroid hunting are in the north hemisphere, which means that people coming from the south of the Ecuador are in greater danger of missing the moon. Projects like those from Mr Amaral are therefore important for detecting asteroids that may otherwise be overlooked.
The object is just the newest asteroid to travel past Earth since its approach has been relatively late. Such detection is alarming because it indicates that hazardous asteroids may occur without detection – although the finding should be a cause for hope and not concern, one expert said.