Asteroid 2032, which is the same asteroid that brushed past the earth last month, had scientists take notice and get busy calculating its proximity to the Earth when it comes around again in 2032. Asteroid 2032 has not been ruled out as of yet as a possible threat on its next pass through this neck of the woods, according to NBC News on Oct. 18.
When the asteroid passed by Earth in September, it was 4.2 million miles away. For many people, millions of miles is hard to fathom as a “brush” with earth, but in astronomer’s line of work, this is a fairly close pass by the planet.
Scientists today put the rough estimates of Asteroid 2032’s path as having one in 63,000 chance of colliding with the planet. This means that Asteroid 2032 has a 99.998% chance of missing earth. Even if you are not a gambler, you know the odds are overwhelmingly in the Earth’s favor of not getting dinged with this space rock. Now that this newly discovered asteroid is known, NASA won't be losing sight of its orbit.
This asteroid was not discovered until 10 days after it passed by Earth. Astronomers in the Ukraine were the first to find the asteroid now being called Asteroid 2032. Not knowing that this chunk of heavy metal passed by the planet until long after it was gone is another aspect of asteroids that can be worrisome.
Sometimes asteroids are not known until they are close by or, as in this case last month, until after they’ve passed by all together.
Because 2032 is still another 20 years away, scientists will have a much better picture of the orbital path of the asteroid in proximity to Earth.