An asteroid will fly near the Earth on September 17

A 10-meter asteroid will fly over our planet at very close range, equal to one tenth of the distance between the Moon and the Earth on September 17.

In theory we will still be safe, because scientists also warned about the risk that this asteroid might suddenly change its trajectory, endangering the Earth.

Previously, on August 27, a 61-meter-larger asteroid also flew near the Earth.

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Asteroids approach the Earth.(illustration).

The asteroid is about to fly over Earth named 2016 RB1 , estimated to be 7 to 16m in diameter.

NASA said: "Because of the asteroid's orbits below (or above) the South Pole, it does not fly in orbit of information and weather satellites."

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Virtual telescope captures the asteroid image of 2016 RB1 moving in the evening of September 6.

According to the Virtual Telescope project, the asteroid named 2016 RB1 will approach our planet, only 40,000km from the Earth at 13h12 on September 17 (Western time) with a flight speed of 50,000km / h and only the southern hemisphere observed.

NASA is not sure about the asteroid's passing time because it depends on the calculation and has an error of up to 16 minutes.

The virtual telescope located in Ceccano, central Italy discovered the asteroid on September 6 and took a picture.

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Asteroid shooting telescope 2016 RB1.

But this is not the only time in September that the Earth faces risks from asteroids. On September 7, an asteroid larger than 2016 RB1 also flew very close to Earth.

This asteroid is 1.6 km long, but fortunately it flies over at a safe distance from us, 11.68 million kilometers from Earth.

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