120-foot wide asteroid coming horrifyingly close to Earth; NASA reveals stunning speed

    An asteroid that is around 120-foot wide is on its way to make a terrifyingly close approach to Earth. Know what NASA said.

    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Nov 20 2022, 10:48 IST
    5 terrifying asteroids heading for Earth! Biggest is 131-foot giant; check fearsome speed
    1/5 Asteroid 2022 US14- A humongous 130-foot wide asteroid, named Asteroid 2022 US14, similar to the size of a commercial aircraft, is expected to come very close to the Earth tomorrow, November 18. How close? Just 3.2 million kilometers. The asteroid is already on its way towards Earth, travelling at a staggering speed of 29788 kilometers per hour. (Pixabay)
    2/5 Asteroid 2022 WA- NASA has red-flagged another 48-foot asteroid named Asteroid 2022 WA due to its extremely close approach to the planet. The asteroid will make its closest approach to Earth tomorrow, November 18, at a distance of just 500,000 kilometers. It is already on its way towards the planet travelling at a speed of nearly 58387 kilometers per hour! (Pixabay)
    3/5 Asteroid 2022 VM2 – This gigantic 76-foot asteroid will make its close trip to Earth at a distance of nearly 3.1 million kilometers. It is already speeding towards Earth faster than a bullet, travelling at a speed of 13345 kilometers per hour. (Pixabay)
    4/5 Asteroid 2022 VO2 – NASA has warned that an asteroid named Asteroid 2022 VO2 is heading for Earth on November 19. The 131-foot asteroid is heading for Earth at a blistering speed of 52524 kilometers per hour. It will miss Earth today at an extremely close distance of 3.3 million kilometers. (Pixabay)
    5/5 Asteroid 2022 VU1 – This week’s fifth asteroid, with a width of 95 feet, will make its closest approach to Earth on November 20, at a distance of 2.6 million kilometers. It is hurtling towards the planet at a terrifying speed of 25516 kilometers per hour, which is nearly the speed of a hyper ballistic missile! (Pixabay)
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    The potentially hazardous asteroid 2022 VR1 will make its closest approach to Earth today. (Pixabay)

    Around 66 million years ago, an asteroid crashed into Earth and ended the age of the dinosaurs! This devastating asteroid crash caused the extinction not just of dinosaurs, but a wide range of other living beings too, including environmental and biotic organisms. It was just one tale filled with terror amongst the total of 1113527 asteroids found so far. However, the terror of asteroid crashes is very much there today for humanity too. Almost on a daily basis, NASA keeps everyone alert about the upcoming planet-killer space rocks such as asteroids and comets. In a recent development, NASA has found a massive 120-foot wide asteroid that is hurtling towards Earth today to make a horrifyingly close approach.

    NASA's Asteroid Watch dashboard says that any asteroid which will approach within 4.6 million miles or 7.5 million kilometers of Earth and will measure more than about 150 meters, will be termed as a potentially hazardous asteroid. To determine whether the upcoming asteroid poses any threat to Earth or not, NASA keeps a close eye on all the upcoming objects. This upcoming asteroid named 2022 VR1 will make a terrifyingly close approach of just 0.969 million miles! It is also moving at an astonishing pace - a velocity of 20483 kmph.

    So, should you worry?

    Despite the fact that this giant 120-foot-wide asteroid is hurtling toward Earth, you should not worry because Nasa technology, from telescopes to satellites, indicate that it will miss Earth even though it will fly by at an extremely close distance.

    Did you know?

    NASA keeps constant track of all the asteroids, comets, and other near-Earth objects through the various technologies that it has deployed including, planetary radar like radio telescopes at NASA's Deep Space Network and the National Science Foundation's Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.

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    First Published Date: 20 Nov, 10:48 IST
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