March 28, 2023

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The asteroid is “barely” 3,600 km from Earth

He reported the discovery to the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center (MPC), the internationally recognized coordinating center for locating small celestial bodies, and additional observations came.

This data was then automatically posted to the NEO confirmation page, where astronomers can confirm observations. After enough views were generated, the MPC announced the discovery. Within three days, a number of observatories around the world made dozens of observations, helping astronomers better determine 2023 BU’s orbit.

NASA’s Scout system, which calculates the risk of collision, analyzed data from the MPC’s confirmation page and quickly predicted an imminent asteroid-Earth collision.

said David Farnocchia, an engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who developed the Scout.

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