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Will Asteroid 2016 FZ12 Impact Earth?

There is some chance that you have reached this page because of some news stating that there is a significant risk that Asteroid 2016 FZ12 will hit the Earth in the near future. Asteroid 2016 FZ12 is in fact known as a Near Earth Object (or NEO), i.e. an asteroid whose orbit is close to intersect Earth's orbit. These asteroids are monitored very closely and, thanks to high precision position observations and celestial mechanic computations, their orbit is usually known with a high level of precision.

Based on the latest high precision orbit computations performed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), it is confirmed that Asteroid 2016 FZ12 is not going to impact Earth in the near future.

In fact, considering the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid 2016 FZ12 with the Earth is happening on Saturday 19 March 2022 at 11:39 UTC time. At that time the closest distance between Asteroid 2016 FZ12 and the Earth is 826,060 kilometers, which is a distance equivalent to 2.1486 Lunar Distances, or 129.66 Earth Radii.

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