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New Asteroid With Non-Zero Earth Impact Probability Added To ESA Risk List

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KEY POINTS

  • The ESA has included a new asteroid (2020 OB) in its Risk List
  • 2020 OB has a non-zero impact probability with Earth and is set to make its next close approach on 2051
  • A new “minimoon” has entered Earth’s orbit and will stay until April 2021

The European Space Agency has included a new asteroid to its Risk List, a catalogue of space objects with a non-zero impact probability with Earth has been detected.

The object, known as 2020 OB, was discovered back in July and scored only a moderate value in the Palermo scale — a scale that enables Near-Earth Object specialists to categorize and prioritize potential impact risks on Earth. However, the addition of more thorough observations made in September has resulted to 2020 OB increasing its risk rating, now taking the fourth spot on ESA’s Risk List. 

According to ESA’s data, the predicted impact date — should it ever hit Earth — will be on July 23, 2116 at 5:35 a.m. EDT. It has an approximate diameter of 60 meters or 196 feet. This height is about half as tall as the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. This asteroid is also classified as an Apollo asteroid, due to its Earth-crossing orbit. It is set to make its next close approach to Earth on July 30, 2051. 

It is, however, common for asteroids to be added and then removed from the list following more research. The non-zero impact probability ratings also do not guarantee collision with Earth.

NASA Orbits of Potentially Hazardous Asteroids PHA This graphic shows the orbits of all the known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids PHAs, numbering over 1,400 as of early 2013. Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech

In other news, the Pan-STARRS 1 Telescope in Hawaii has recently discovered a new NEO with an orbit similar to the Earth’s. The object, now called

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Sergio Garcia moves up career money list

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Sergio Garcia earned $1.188 million for his 11th career PGA Tour victory at the Sanderson Farms Championship. That was enough to push him to ninth on the Tour’s all-time earnings list, past Matt Kuchar, with $51,726,497.

Here’s a look at the purse payout and FedExCup point distribution for Garcia and the rest of the field who made the cut in the Mississippi.

Finish  

Player  

FedEx  

Earnings ($)  

1

Sergio Garcia

500.00

1,188,000.00

2

Peter Malnati

300.00

719,400.00

3

J.T. Poston

190.00

455,400.00

T4

Keegan Bradley

122.50

297,000.00

T4

Henrik Norlander

122.50

297,000.00

T6

Cameron Davis

83.33

201,300.00

T6

Charley Hoffman

83.33

201,300.00

T6

Denny McCarthy

83.33

201,300.00

T6

Tyler McCumber

83.33

201,300.00

T6

Scott Stallings

83.33

201,300.00

T6

Kristoffer Ventura

83.33

201,300.00

T12

Wesley Bryan

58.00

131,010.00

T12

Stewart Cink

58.00

131,010.00

T12

MJ Daffue

131,010.00

T12

C.T. Pan

58.00

131,010.00

T12

Rory Sabbatini

58.00

131,010.00

T17

Corey Conners

46.00

90,750.00

T17

Maverick McNealy

46.00

90,750.00

T17

Matthew NeSmith

46.00

90,750.00

T17

Chase Seiffert

46.00

90,750.00

T17

Brandt Snedeker

46.00

90,750.00

T17

Aaron Wise

46.00

90,750.00

T23

Kevin Chappell

35.60

59,070.00

T23

Doug Ghim

35.60

59,070.00

T23

Zach Johnson

35.60

59,070.00

T23

Sebastián Muñoz

35.60

59,070.00

T23

Camilo Villegas

35.60

59,070.00

T28

Tom Hoge

28.75

46,200.00

T28

Sungjae Im

28.75

46,200.00

T28

Martin Laird

28.75

46,200.00

T28

Doc Redman

28.75

46,200.00

T32

Adam Schenk

23.50

39,380.00

T32

Charl Schwartzel

23.50

39,380.00

T32

Roger Sloan

23.50

39,380.00

T35

Emiliano Grillo

20.50

35,145.00

T35

Bill Haas

20.50

35,145.00

T37

Michael Gligic

16.00

28,710.00

T37

Talor Gooch

16.00

28,710.00

T37

Brian Harman

16.00

28,710.00

T37

Si Woo Kim

16.00

28,710.00

T37

Anirban Lahiri

16.00

28,710.00

T37

Scottie Scheffler

16.00

28,710.00

T37

Cameron Tringale

16.00

28,710.00

T44

Joseph Bramlett

11.50

22,770.00

T44

Hank Lebioda

11.50

22,770.00

T46

Ryan Armour

9.00

17,980.29

T46

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