What is several hundreds of meters long, moves at an unbelievable speed, could destroy humanity and is worth billions of dollars?
This year, the New-Horizon probe has attracted quite a bit of attention but another massive event happened that went a bit under the radar. In July, an asteroid made a fly-by. Its particularity ? It could contain a billion dollars worth treasure inside of it. Sci&Fi investigated a little deeper into the 2011 UW158 asteroid.
Arecibo Observatory, Arecibo Observatory provides the first detailed images of a rare asteroid. (Facebook page)
Boursorama. com, Platinum’s exchange rate.
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Minor Planet Centre, MPEC 2011-U90 : 2011 UW158.
NASA, 2011 UW158 and 2011UW158 Planning.
Slooh Community Observatory, 5 trillion dollar asteroid makes close approach to Earth.
Skynews, Mining firm aiming for platinum loaded asteroid.
Visual Credits (in order of appearance) :
The Earth and the asteroid 2011 UW158, icon modified from scientifcons.
University of Puerto Rico, Photographs of the 2011 UW158 asteroid via their twitter account.
Orbit of 2011 UW158, obtained via JPL Small-Body Database.
Icon “looping3”, Stephen Hutchinson via flaticon.
Platinum exchange rate taken for July 2014 to July 2015, modified graph taken from boursorama.com.
Pick axe icon by Last Call Media Inc combined to Astronaut with a flag from Freepik.
Science Telescope, Freepik.
Sun’s absorption spectrum modified from Fraunhofer Lines, wikimedia.