A rocky asteroid 2023 BU, no more than 8 meters in diameter, flew past the Earth on January 27, at about 00:30 GMT. This celestial body did not pose a threat even in a direct collision with our planet, although a bright fire display in the sky might provide a lot of light.
Gianluca Masi organized the video at a robotic observatory near Rome. Near-Earth objects that might be dangerous to our planet have a significant role in this instance.
The BU from 2023 was unable to be seen at its closest approach to Earth due to cloud cover. However, we would not be able to examine it in depth since this celestial body measures only 3.5 to 8.5 meters.
The asteroid 2023 BU remained stationary at a distance of 3600 kilometers from the Earth's surface. But even if it did enter the atmosphere, it would almost completely burn up in it, with the exception of small fragments that would turn into meteorites.
The asteroid 2023 BU appears as a bright small dot in the presented video and photographs, while the bright lines around it are stars. The film's focus is still there, although the stars are blurred.
The discovery of an asteroid through the Earth's gravity has dramatically altered its orbit, from an almost circular one with a rotation period of 359 days to an elongated elliptical one with a rotation period of 425 days.
The suddenness of such a discovery puts us at fear about an unknown threat from outer space that we will not be able to fend off. On the other hand, most near-solar asteroids that are really dangerous for the Earth are known, and there have been no new discoveries for a long time.
Surprises are unavoidable, and the most likely of them might originate from the other side of the Sun, which does not allow normal observations in this direction, but that's another story.
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