The asteroid 2023 BU is traveling through space and will pass very close to our planet, staying just 3,506 km from the Earth’s surface on Thursday (26), at 6:17 pm, Brasilia time. It is between 3.8 and 8.5 m long and its maximum approach will not pose any risk.
- Meet asteroids that have already been towards Earth and caused fear
- We are not prepared to face an asteroid on a collision course
At the moment, the asteroid can be found in the direction of the constellation Ursa Major, visible in the northern hemisphere. During closest approach, it will be just 3% of the average distance between the Earth and the Moon.
Discovered on Saturday (21) by astronomer Gennadiy Borisov, this asteroid is of the Apollo type, that is, its orbit crosses Earth’s, but it spends most of the time far away from us. It takes 425 days to orbit the Sun, and its next visit won’t be until December 2036.
Although it comes very close to Earth, it is worth remembering that this asteroid is not considered potentially dangerous and, therefore, there is no danger to the planet with its “visit”.
How to see the asteroid 2023 BU
Most asteroids are not bright enough to be visible without the use of telescopes. In the case of 2023 BU, it has a magnitude of 19.15, that is, it is relatively dark to be observed with the naked eye.
The good news is that you will be able to follow his passage through our planet in live transmissions over the internet. There’s a live starting at 4:15 pm on Thursday (26) and you can follow it on The Virtual Telescope Project’s website or on their YouTube channel.