The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) added a new asteroid approach to Earth. It is the so-called 2023 CL3. According to the calculations made, it will register its closest approach to our planet on May 24.
He asteroid It will reach a distance of 7.2 million kilometers from Earth. It is worth mentioning that the body will pass at a distance equivalent to about 19 times the separation between our planet and the Moon. The 2023 CL3 belongs to the list of space objects that are approaching the planet and that must be studied to monitor possible threats.
What’s really striking about the 2023 CL3 is its size and the speed at which it travels. We are talking about a body with an estimated diameter of up to 200 meters that approaches the globe at a speed of 7.42 kilometers per second. The combination of the dimensions of the asteroid and the speed of displacement is what has caused surprise among certain groups of space researchers, who have described it as “potentially destructive.”
A asteroid It is a rocky celestial body smaller than a planet and larger than a meteoroid. Most orbit between Mars and Jupiter, in the region of the solar system known as the asteroid belt. Others accumulate at Jupiter’s Lagrange points, and most of the rest cross the orbits of the planets.
The POT closely monitors this asteroid to trace its precise trajectory and determine if it poses a real threat to Earth. So far, no imminent risk alert has been issued, so the planet’s inhabitants, for now, can rest easy. However, the detection of celestial bodies with the characteristics of 2023 CL3 puts the debate on the need to increase investment in space research and the early detection of these bodies on the table.