Newly discovered asteroid 2016 RB1 will make a very close flyby of Earth on September 7, 2016, passing at 0.1 LD (38 400 km / 23 860 miles) from the surface of our planet.
The size of 2016 RB1, based on absolute magnitude, is estimated to be between 7.3 and 16 m (24 to 52 feet). For comparison, this is about half the size of the asteroid that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia in February 2013, injuring over 1 000 people.
At the moment of its closest approach, around 17:12 UTC tomorrow, 2016 RB1 is expected to flyby Earth at a relative speed of 8.1 km/s. The orbit uncertainty estimate for this object is 8 (on a scale of 0 – 9), highly uncertain.
This Aten class asteroid was first observed by Mt. Lemmon Survey on September 5, 2016.
Asteroid 2016 RB1 orbital diagram for September 7, 2016. Credit: NASA/JPL
Classification: Aten [NEO] – SPK-ID: 3758923
At the flyby time, the asteroid will be visible from the southern hemisphere only, Gianluca Massi of The Virtual Telescope Project said. He managed to track the object on September 6 and take several images.
— Virtual Telescope (@VirtualTelescop) September 6, 2016
Featured image: Asteroid 2016RB1 orbital diagram – September 7, 2016. Credit: NASA/JPL
If you value what we do here, open your ad-free account and support our journalism.
Producing content you read on this website takes a lot of time, effort, and hard work. If you value what we do here, select the level of your support and register your account.
Your support makes this project fully self-sustainable and keeps us independent and focused on the content we love to create and share.
All our supporters can browse the website without ads, allowing much faster speeds and a clean interface. Your comments will be instantly approved and you’ll have a direct line of communication with us from within your account dashboard. You can suggest new features and apps and you’ll be able to use them before they go live.
You can choose the level of your support.
Stay kind, vigilant and ready!