In Pics: Terrifying asteroid hurtling towards Earth! Impending doom?

    Danger! NASA has warned that an incoming asteroid could put us all in danger if it slightly deviates from its path. Could it impact the planet? Know what NASA has said about this asteroid which will make a close approach with Earth today.
    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Sep 22 2022, 13:58 IST
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    NASA, with the help of its various telescopes, has discovered a huge asteroid heading dangerously towards Earth today. This particular asteroid has caused a panic among space agencies as it was discovered less than two days ago on September 20, 2022. Will it prove to be a planet-killer? (NASA/JPL)
    1/6 NASA, with the help of its various telescopes, has discovered a huge asteroid heading dangerously towards Earth today. This particular asteroid has caused a panic among space agencies as it was discovered less than two days ago on September 20, 2022. Will it prove to be a planet-killer? (NASA/JPL)
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    Although this asteroid does not pose any viable threat to Earth and will pass the planet safely, it was still classified as a potentially hazardous asteroid due to the close proximity of its encounter with Earth. (NASA)
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    2/6 Although this asteroid does not pose any viable threat to Earth and will pass the planet safely, it was still classified as a potentially hazardous asteroid due to the close proximity of its encounter with Earth. (NASA)
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    The asteroid, named Asteroid 2022 SG3, is set to make its closest approach to Earth today, September 22, at a distance of 667,000 kilometers, making it one of the closest asteroid approaches we have had this month. The asteroid is already on its way towards Earth travelling at a staggering speed of 38,628 kilometers per hour. (Pixabay)
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    3/6 The asteroid, named Asteroid 2022 SG3, is set to make its closest approach to Earth today, September 22, at a distance of 667,000 kilometers, making it one of the closest asteroid approaches we have had this month. The asteroid is already on its way towards Earth travelling at a staggering speed of 38,628 kilometers per hour. (Pixabay)
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    Asteroid 2022 SG3 was discovered very recently on September 20, 2022 and it belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids. According to the-sky.org, the asteroid completes 1 orbit around the Sun in 1002 days. During this orbit, its farthest distance from the Sun is 451 million kilometers while the nearest distance is 136 million kilometers. (Pixabay)
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    4/6 Asteroid 2022 SG3 was discovered very recently on September 20, 2022 and it belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids. According to the-sky.org, the asteroid completes 1 orbit around the Sun in 1002 days. During this orbit, its farthest distance from the Sun is 451 million kilometers while the nearest distance is 136 million kilometers. (Pixabay)
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    How does NASA track these asteroids? NASA keeps a watch on these asteroids by studying data collected by various telescopes and observatories such as the Pan-STARRS, the Catalina Sky Survey and the NEOWISE telescope. NASA also has a NEO Surveyor mission planned for launch in 2026 to gain even greater in-depth data using a new orbiter. (Pixabay)
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    5/6 How does NASA track these asteroids? NASA keeps a watch on these asteroids by studying data collected by various telescopes and observatories such as the Pan-STARRS, the Catalina Sky Survey and the NEOWISE telescope. NASA also has a NEO Surveyor mission planned for launch in 2026 to gain even greater in-depth data using a new orbiter. (Pixabay)
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    NASA also has a new impact monitoring system in place which uses an algorithm called Sentry-II to calculate the impact risk of Near-Earth Objects. NASA can track the orbital path of the asteroid using this infrared data and can even predict its orbit years into the future. (Pixabay)
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    6/6 NASA also has a new impact monitoring system in place which uses an algorithm called Sentry-II to calculate the impact risk of Near-Earth Objects. NASA can track the orbital path of the asteroid using this infrared data and can even predict its orbit years into the future. (Pixabay)
    First Published Date: 22 Sep, 13:26 IST
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