120-foot Asteroid 2023 HV2 nearing Earth today at a stunning 91044 kmph, says NASA | Tech News

120-foot Asteroid 2023 HV2 nearing Earth today at a stunning 91044 kmph, says NASA

NASA has revealed key details like speed, distance, and more about a gigantic 120-foot airplane sized asteroid that is set to make a close approach to Earth today.

By: HT TECH
| Updated on: Apr 23 2023, 14:25 IST
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1/5 Red ring of ELVES (April 17) - It is a snapshot of ELVES lighting up the sky over Italy, a distinct type of transient luminous event. ELVES refers to the Emission of Light and Very Low-Frequency perturbations due to Electromagnetic Pulse Sources. The red ELVES captured in the image had a radius of approximately 350 kilometers and occurred at an altitude of about 100 kilometers above the surface, according to NASA. (NASA/Valter Binotto)
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2/5 Map of Total Solar Eclipse path (April 18) - It is the map of the total solar eclipse path which will take place on April 8 next year. Viewers in locations outside the paths will not experience a total solar eclipse or annular eclipse, but they may still see a partial eclipse. Lines running parallel to each path indicate how much of the Sun will become covered by the Moon during the partial eclipse. (NASA/SVS)
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3/5 Auroras in Finland (April 19) - This captured image shows auroras lighting up the sky in Saariselka, in northern Finnish Lapland. It was a result of a powerful CME hitting Earth and the auroras could be seen not only in the North but as far as New Mexico, according to NASA. The bright auroras were seen in yellow, green, red and purple auroral colours, mesmerizing skywatchers and tourists. (NASA/Juan Carlos Casado (Starry Earth, TWAN))
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4/5 Dark Seahorse Nebula (April 20) - Barnard 150, also known as the Dark Seahorse Nebula, is one of the most peculiarly shaped nebulae, located about 1200 light-years away towards the constellation of Cepheus. It is a dark molecular cloud and is so dense that the dust within blocks visible wavelengths of light. Telescopes that see visible light only detect ghostly dark patches in the sky, called Dark Nebulae. (NASA/Jeff Herman)
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5/5 Hybrid Solar Eclipse (April 21) - It is a snapshot of the Hybrid Solar Eclipse which occurred yesterday, April 20. It crossed over remote parts of Australia, Indonesia and East Timor and was live-streamed by websites such as Perth Observatory, and the Gravity Discovery Centre and Observatory and more. According to NASA, this hybrid solar eclipse lasted just 62 seconds. (NASA/Gwenael Blanck)
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Know about the 120-foot asteroid named 2023 HV2 here. (Pixabay)

Among all the objects revolving around in the universe, not all are considered hazardous. However, asteroids, which are dubbed as near Earth objects, can sometimes be dangerous for the planet depending upon their size. It is even believed that the collision of a huge asteroid with asteroid is the reason behind the extinction of the dinosaurs and many other species. And today, Sunday, April 23, a 120-foot asteroid is all set to make a close approach to planet Earth. Here is what NASA has informed about the monstrous rock.

Asteroid 2023 HV2: Speed, distance, and more

The US space agency has raised a concern informing that a gigantic 120-foot asteroid is rapidly approaching Earth today. This asteroid will come very close to the planet, but is likely to pass by. However, it is travelling at a very rapid speed and if it changes its trajectory, it can be a concern for the planet. Therefore, in order to keep all the threats away and tackle them on time, NASA is tracking the movement of this asteroid on a regular basis.

According to the information shared by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the asteroid called 2023 HV2, which is 120-foot (almost the size of an airplane), is currently moving at a mind-numbing speed of 91044 kilometer per hour and will make its closest approach to Earth at a distance of 2.40 million kilometers.

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How NASA studies asteroids

The US space agency uses its telescopes and observatories like NEOWISE to track and study asteroids. It also uses a variety of ground based telescopes like Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) located in the Antofagasta Region of Atacama Desert in Chile for the same.

Other asteroids nearing Earth

Apart from this 120-foot giant, four other asteroids are also travelling towards planet Earth today. The asteroids are- 130 foot 2023 HX, 97 foot 2021 HU, 73 foot 2023 HV1, and the smallest of all 48 foot 2023 HE3.

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