Next Monday, the globe will witness the crossing of a newly discovered small asteroid called “2021 TG14” with a diameter of seven meters, moving at a speed of 11.4 kilometers per second, and it will be at the nearest distance of 250,716 kilometers at 02:54 am Cairo time, and its apparent brightness (+19.87), so it will not be seen With the naked eye, there is no danger of it colliding with our planet.
The Jeddah Astronomical Society says that the asteroid is on the list of near-Earth objects, which includes any asteroid whose orbit intersects with the Earth’s.
Based on the latest high-resolution orbital calculations, it has been confirmed that the approach of asteroid 2021 TG14 on Monday is the closest in the next 10 years.
The association explains that if the asteroid was on a collision course with the Earth, it would disintegrate above the Earth’s atmosphere and would not have a serious impact on the safety of the Earth’s inhabitants.
It is worth noting that small asteroids approaching Earth are likely to have their orbit affected by our planet’s gravity, an effect called “gravity assist” and used by space agencies to help propel spacecraft to various places in our solar system.