Astronomers Find 'Quasi-moon' Orbiting Our Planet | Will An Asteroid Hit Earth In 2023

 Recent and fresh findings have revealed that the newly discovered asteroid, 2023 FW13, is not just any ordinary asteroid passing by. Astronomers have uncovered that this asteroid is an old and ancient companion of our planet Earth, categorised as a "quasi-moon", and has been orbiting near our Earth planet since 100 BC.

Asteroid Coming In 2023

This asteroid is expected to continue orbiting Earth until AD 3700, indicating that it will accompany our planet earth in its journey through space for several millennia.

Additionally, the asteroid has an intricate orbit that takes it halfway to Mars planet, and then halfway to Venus planet during its journey. The Pan-STARRS survey telescope, located on a dormant volcano in Hawaii, detected this asteroid on March 28, along with various other cosmic objects such as a comet as massive as Mount Everest. 

The telescope captures images of the sky to discover new planets, stars and asteroids. 

Asteroid 2023, FW13

Astronomers have noted that "Asteroid 2023 FW13" shares a comparable orbit with another quasi-moon, known as "Kamoʻoalewa" (2016 HO3). The asteroid is estimated to be 65 feet (20 meters) wide and is largely influenced by the Sun during its orbit, despite being in the vicinity of Earth planet.

Nevertheless, Earth slightly disturbs its orbit, causing it to remain near our planet. While it circles around the Sun, it orbits the star at the centre of our solar system in the same amount of time as Earth. Each year, the asteroid comes within 9 million miles of Earth, which is significantly further away than the Moon's closest point to Earth at 223,693 miles. There are no concerns about asteroid 2023 FW13 colliding with Earth or causing any problems for our planet.

The asteroid's Earth-close orbit was initially discovered by Adrien Coffinet, a journalist with Futara.

There is a possibility that future expeditions to the quasi-moon could provide us with additional information regarding its composition and size.

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