Therefore, there is no danger that could represent a danger, not even in the immediate future. The peculiarity is the high speed of passage: 124 thousand kilometers per hour, greater than most of the majority of similar bodies that pass through parts of our planet. The reason is the particular very elongated orbit of 2001 FO32, which causes it to spin very close to the Sun and therefore to accelerate due to the gravitational attraction of the sun. The transit on March 21 offers astronomers a great opportunity to observe the asteroid and perform further scientific analyzes with NASA’s 3.2-meter telescope on the summit of Mauna Kea volcano in Hawaii and with radar observations from the Deep Space Network. A show also for amateur astronomers who will certainly not give up the opportunity.
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