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Asteroid detected by University of Hawaii before it could strike Earth

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The University of Hawaii detected an asteroid before it could strike the Earth

Telescopes may appear to have become a bit outdated as better and improved mechanism came into existence. However, astronomers once again proved that sometimes old things works the best. Telescopes are capable of providing enough data that can save people’s lives and the University of Hawaii proved it once again by catching an asteroid before it could reach Earth.

ATLAS and Pan-STARR telescope detected the asteroid

The University of Hawaii detected an asteroid before it could strike the Earth

An asteroid entered the Earth atmosphere in mid-June
Source: The GTE News

The astronomers at The University of Hawaii successfully detected a small asteroid before it could have entered the Earth’s atmosphere. On the morning of 22nd June, the asteroid was detected with the help of Pan-STARRS and ATLAS survey telescopes.

The asteroid is named as 2019 MO and was spotted 310,685 miles away from Earth. 2019 MO was approximately 13 feet in diameter. Around midnight in Hawaii, the asteroid was observed 4 times in a span of 30 minutes by the ATLAS facility.

The Scout impact analysis software that is present in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA estimated the impact as 2. For those who are unaware of the scaling system 0 stands for unlikely while 4 stands for likely.

The Pan-STARR was also working along with ATLAS. The telescope was operating to capture a part of the sky that had a high probability of being asteroids path. The images garnered by the Pan-STARR telescope pushed the Scout impact rating to 4. The images even helped to determine the entry path of 2019 MO.

2019 MO did not cause any damage to Earth

The University of Hawaii detected an asteroid before it could strike the Earth

ATLAS and Pan-STARR detected the asteroid
Source: Lite 106.5 KBVA

The calculations turned out to be immaculate and San Juan’s weather radar identified the asteroid as it entered our atmosphere. 2019 MO entered up in our atmosphere some 236 miles south of San Juan city, over the ocean. The asteroid was small enough to not cause much damage and burned up in our atmosphere.

ATLAS scans the entire sky once every two nights to find such things before they could impact the Earth. Small asteroids like 2019 MO can be perceived half a day before their arrival. While bigger asteroids can be spotted much before that.

Astronomers have a firm believe that Pan-STARR and ATLAS could be more helpful in future.

For more updates and information stay tuned to The Geek Herald.

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