NASA Reveals

It’s been an enormous 12 months for NASA discoveries because the US Government company has beforehand made headlines concerning water on the moon, maybe proof of an alternate dimension, and even serving to out Tom Cruise to movie a film in area. Now the group has introduced that an object of unknown origin is anticipated to skate previous our planet within the early hours of Tuesday, December 1. Though the salaciousness of this information involves us by the use of TMZ, and the thing in query is in reality nonetheless unknown, NASA apparently has a guess about what the so-called “2020 SO” really is perhaps.

“I suspect this newly discovered object 2020 SO to be an old rocket booster because it is following an orbit about the Sun that is extremely similar to Earth’s, nearly circular, in the same plane, and only slightly farther away the Sun at its farthest point,” Paul Chodas, director of NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies advised CNN. “That’s precisely the kind of orbit that a rocket stage separated from a lunar mission would follow, once it passes by the Moon and escapes into orbit about the Sun. It’s unlikely that an asteroid could have evolved into an orbit like this, but not impossible.”

In a separate interview with Space.Com, Chodas stated that they’ve beforehand theorized that particles and elements from previous launches might someday make their method again to Earth, including: “We’ve kind of mused about whether [or] when this would this happen. I’ve over the years looked at asteroid orbits to see if any of them was in an orbit around the sun that was likely to have been associated with a launch.”

The object will attain its closest to Earth at 3:50 AM ET on Tuesday (a couple of hours from this writing) and will likely be simply 31,605 miles away. It measures an estimated 15-33 ft in width, lending credence to Chodas’ idea.
Should Chodas’ guess on what “2020 SO” really is show to be correct it will solely mark the second time {that a} rocket stage from a earlier launch was caught within the orbit of the Earth. Back in 2002 a part of the Saturn V rocket from Apollo 12 seemingly handed Earth.

Chodas beforehand added, “If it really is a rocket body, it will be much less dense than an asteroid and the slight pressure due to sunlight will produce enough change in its motion that we should be able to detect it in the tracking data.”

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