111-foot Asteroid 2023 CY1 rushing towards Earth at blistering pace, says NASA

A menacing asteroid is hurtling towards Earth right now and it will pass the planet today, February 17. Here’s what NASA has revealed about this space rock.

| Updated on: Feb 17 2023, 11:25 IST
Giant 230-foot asteroid among 5 heading towards Earth, NASA says
1/5 Asteroid 2023 BK4: NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office has warned that the asteroid, named Asteroid 2023 BK4, will make its closest approach to Earth today, January 29, at a distance of 1.73 million kilometers. It is nearly as big as a house, with a width of 64 feet. Asteroid 2023 BK4 is already hurtling towards the planet at a speed of 29434 kmph.   (DALL-E)
2/5 Asteroid 2023 BM5: It is a 39-foot asteroid and will fly past Earth by a very close margin today, January 29. The asteroid will make its closest approach to the planet at a worrying distance of only 758,000 kilometers. The asteroid is travelling towards the planet at a blistering speed of 55757 kilometers per hour.   (Pixabay)
3/5 Asteroid 2023 BL4: This asteroid will make its closest approach to Earth today at a distance of 2.64 million kilometers. The 66-foot asteroid is travelling at a velocity of 28010 kilometers per hour towards the Earth.  (Pixabay)
4/5 Asteroid 2022 WB5 - NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO) has issued an alert against an asteroid named Asteroid 2022 WB5. The 84 feet wide asteroid is expected to fly past Earth today, December 5, at a distance of 2.2 million kilometers. The asteroid is already on its way towards Earth, travelling at a staggering speed of 39471 kilometers per hour! (Pixabay)
5/5 Asteroid 2022 SO113 - This is the 230-foot asteroid and it will be making its closest approach to Earth today, January 29. It will come as close as 2.5 million kilometers, according to NASA JPL. The asteroid is moving at a speed of 12478 kilometers per hour towards Earth.  (Pixabay)
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This terrifying asteroid could come very close to Earth today. (Pixabay)

There are several asteroids that make their close approach towards Earth every week. But not all of them pose a threat to Earth. NASA terms asteroids as Potentially Hazardous if they come within 8 million kilometers of Earth. NASA recently revealed that as many as 6 asteroids passed Earth at an extremely close distance yesterday, though none were potentially world-ending asteroids. That could have changed with a slight deflection in the asteroid's trajectory due to interaction with Earth's gravitational field which could have sent it tumbling towards Earth.

Now, the space agency has revealed that another asteroid is on its way towards Earth. So, how close will this space rock pass by and how fast is it going?

Asteroid 2023 CY1 details

NASA has issued an alert against an asteroid named Asteroid 2023 CY1. This terrifying asteroid is expected to come extremely close to Earth today, February 17. Its distance of close approach will be just 1.7 million kilometers (about 1056331.03 mi). The asteroid is already on its way towards Earth, travelling at a staggering speed of 23967 kilometers per hour.

According to NASA, the Asteroid 2023 CY1 belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids which are a group of Near-Earth asteroids named after the humongous 1862 Apollo asteroid, discovered by German astronomer Karl Reinmuth in the 1930s. It is somewhere between 50 feet and 111 feet across in size, as per the space agency.

How is an Asteroid Orbit Calculated?

An asteroid's orbit is computed by finding the elliptical path about the sun that best fits the available observations of the object using various space and ground-based telescopes such as NASA's NEOWISE telescope and its brand-new Sentry II algorithm. That is, the object's computed path about the sun is adjusted until the predictions of where the asteroid should have appeared in the sky at several observed times match the positions where the object was observed previously.

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First Published Date: 17 Feb, 11:24 IST