Tuesday, May 21, 2013

TWO MORE NEO ASTEROIDS DISCOVERED: 2013 KT1 & 2013 KS1 - Due 21-May-2013 & 22-May-2013

Two newly discovered near Earth objects, asteroids 2013 KT1 and 2013 KS1 will make their closest approaches to Earth on 21-May-2013 and 22-May-2013 respectively.

2013 KT1 is an Aten-class asteroid and is not predicted to intersect the Earth's orbit.

It is rated with an orbital uncertainty level of 5 (on a scale of 0-9.)

2013 KS1 (like 2013 KB) is an Apollo-class asteroid which means that it will cross the Earth's orbit.

Both 2013 KT1 and 2013 KS1 are predicted to pass within .006 AU of the Earth. (Closer than 2013 KB which is predicted to pass Earth at .008 AU.)

Also, like 2013 KB, 2013 KS1 has an orbital uncertainty rating of 8 (on a scale of 0-9) which leaves quite a bit of wiggle room as to just how close these asteroids will approach Earth.

YouTube video of new asteroids:


Stay tuned to SpaceWeather.com for asteroid updates:


JPL NEO Asteroid Database - 2013 KT1


JPL NEO Asteroid Database - 2013 KS1


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ASTEROID IMPACT IMMINENT? - NEO 2013 KB - Projected Distance on 23-May-2013 of .008 AU, Orbital Uncertainty 8 of 9!