Asteroid flyby earth makes headlines across the world: UW-158 passed from 1.5 million miles
Asteroid 2011 UW-158 is all set to pass through earth from very close. The whole world seems to be enthused by the news and space enthusiasts are awaiting the spectacle rather very impatiently.
But despite being an asteroid that will flyby from ‘close’ quarters, it will still be a good 1.5 million miles away from Earth.
Astronomers claim that this asteroid actually contains a platinum core worth Â£3.5 trillion and it is expected to pass Earth at around 10pm on Sunday, attracting the interest of asteroid-mining companies.
Nonetheless scientists cannot do anything to exploit this massive ‘cash cow’. The platinum-filled space rock which is also thought to contain other precious materials is only around half a mile wide, but its metallic core is estimated to weigh 100 million tonnes making it hugely valuable.
It is needless to say that sky watchers are counting minutes to watch it. While talking abput it Slooh Astronomer Bob Berman says it is the large amount of platinum believed to be in the asteroid, that makes the event unique, reports the Mirror. UW-158 “has captured the attention of asteroid miners who wish to tap into the bountiful resources of the solar system”, it states on Slooth’s website. Planetary Resources, an asteroid mining company defines asteroids like UW-158, ‘X-type’. The company has catalogued dozens of similar asteroids across the solar system.
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