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A potentially dangerous asteroid the size of the Cheops pyramid passed by Earth

A potentially dangerous asteroid the size of the Cheops pyramid passed by Earth
A potentially dangerous asteroid the size of the Cheops pyramid passed by Earth

Earth from space. Photo: Legion-media

While everyone was following Kanye West’s adventures in Moscow, scientists were also watching a guest from space. Luckily, unlike the hip hop star, he didn’t come to us.

The dimensions of asteroid 2024 MK are comparable to the Cheops pyramid and are considered potentially hazardous. The event on a cosmic scale was reported by the Telegram channel of the international network of optical telescopes of the Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

“Last night, the network’s telescopes watched the passage of asteroid 2024 MK, a relatively large celestial body from the Apollo group, which passed about 300 thousand kilometers from Earth,” scientists write. This is three-quarters of the distance from Earth to the Moon. NASA reports that it now knows of more than 35 thousand objects near Earth. Of these, 1,626 are potentially dangerous. This means that they are large enough to collide with Earth.

Source: People Talk

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