That gif is not mine, it was found on reddit.
2011 MD is an Apollo asteroid, which is bound to pass relatively close to Earth’s surface at a distance of about 12,000 kilometers (7,500 mi), roughly 32 times closer than the Moon, at around 17:00 UTC (13:00 EDT) on June 27, 2011. Although initially suspected of being space junk, subsequent observations confirmed the object is an asteroid.
It was discovered on June 22, 2011 by the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) pair of robotic telescopes in New Mexico and, according to rough estimates, its length is between 10 and 45 meters (30 and 150 ft).
Emily Baldwin, of Astronomy Now magazine, is quoted as saying there is no threat of collision and, should the asteroid enter Earth’s atmosphere, it would “mostly burn up in a brilliant fireball, possibly scattering a few meteorites”, causing no likely harm to life or property on the ground.
Check out this gif of the asteroid’s view of Earth from space.
thank you, that’s really nice of you to say! :3
The sheer beauty of it. Nothing can captivate me more than the night sky. Knowing things like this exist somewhere make me thirst for knowledge about the unknown.
I do love it, I’m going to post it!
And thank you, I appreciate all the love I get on here <3
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