Asteroid 2020 SW will pass closer than some Satellites


A small asteroid labeled 2020 SW was discovered on September 18, 2020, from Mt. Lemmon Observatory in Arizona will pass a lot closer than the moon’s distance this week, passing even closer than geostationary satellites.

This approach is so close that Earth’s gravity will bend the space rock’s trajectory. This should occur on September 24, 2020 around 7:18 am Eastern Time.

The asteroid, labeled 2020 SW, estimated closest approach should occur on September 24, 2020, at around 7:18 am Eastern Time. The estimated distance will be 17,556 miles from earth, which translates to 0.0735 lunar distances. That’s closer than geostationary satellites, but will not make impact with the Earth.


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