Scientists are tracking an object that may enter planetary orbit towards the Earth, and they are not entirely sure what it is.
This object, called Asteroid 2020 SO, is considered to be man-made, not the moon or other planetary debris.
“I suspect that this newly discovered object 2020 SO is an old rocket booster, because it orbits the earth in an orbit very similar to the sun, is almost circular in the same plane, and is slightly distant (than) the sun. Far away from its farthest point.” said Dr. Paul Chodas, director of NASA’s Near-Earth Object Research Center. Tell CNN.
“This happens to be the stage where the rocket separates from the lunar mission. It will follow the orbit that it will follow when it escapes from the moon to orbit around the sun. It is impossible for asteroids to evolve into orbits like this, but it is not impossible,”
other publication It is believed that the object may have come from Surveyor 2 launched in September 1966.
Scientists estimate that in 2020 SO will enter Earth’s orbit in November 2020, then pass the Earth at a distance of approximately 30,000 miles in December, and then return to space in early 2021.
From a perspective, commercial aircraft fly at an altitude of about 7 miles on average.
SO will not pose any danger to the Earth in 2020, but its slow speed and relatively close transit mean that scientists can study it. This also reminds us that objects sent into space are still in space.