The European Space Agency (ESA) has recently added a new asteroid to its threat list due to the hypothesis that space rock will hit Earth in the future. Based on data collected by ESA, the dangerous asteroid could collide with the planet in less than 70 years.
Asteroid 2019 SU3 currently ranked as forth most dangerous space rock- ESA
According to ESA, the asteroid has been identified as 2019 SU3. It is currently ranked as the fourth most dangerous space rock on the agency’s risk list, which catalogs all space rocks with non-zero Earth impact probabilities.
In addition to the hazard list, the 2019 SU3 is also on the agency’s priority list, which means that ESA is keeping an eye on the trajectory of this heavenly body. To date, the 2019 SU3 is only this ESA Risk List 12 days ago. According to the agency, the star’s chances of hitting Earth are one in 152.
Year 2084 could witness asteroid collision against Earth planet
ESA noted that the potential impact of the asteroid on Earth could occur on September 16th of 2084. During this time, it is expected to approach Earth at a distance of only 0.00079 astronomical units or about 118 km away.
Given this short distance, a slight push on the asteroid could easily send it to the Earth. This can happen if the star is affected by the gravitational pull of nearby planets. According to ESA, 2019 SU3 is an Apollo asteroid with a very wide orbit around Earth and the Sun. Occasionally, the rock’s orbit intersects with Earth’s.
Apollo Class Threat
When 2019 SU3 completes its orbit, it sometimes passes close to other planets, including Venus, Mercury and Mars. The gravitational force of these planets can easily alter the rock’s trajectory.
Fortunately, the rock is not large enough to cause a major impact event if it collides with the planet. As stated in the ESA database, 2019 SU3 has an estimated diameter of about 12 meters. Due to its small size, the asteroid will probably burn in the earth’s atmosphere rather than hit the ground.