1300-foot asteroid rushing towards Earth today; Space rock is a horror in size and speed

A giant 1300-foot-sized asteroid is hurtling towards Earth at a terrifying speed of 103833 km per hour. Here’s what NASA experts say about this monster rock.

| Updated on: Dec 02 2022, 19:19 IST
1300-foot to 29-foot, NASA spots 5 asteroids rushing towards Earth today faster than bullets
1/5 Asteroid 2022 WN10 - NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office has issued an alert against an asteroid named Asteroid 2022 WN10. The 47-foot wide asteroid is expected to fly past Earth today, December 2, at a distance of just 1.4 million kilometers. The asteroid is already on its way towards Earth, travelling at a staggering speed of 79551 kilometers per hour! (Pixabay)
2/5 Asteroid 2022 WQ10 - NASA has red-flagged another 38-foot asteroid named Asteroid 2022 WQ10 due to its extremely close approach to the planet. The asteroid will make its closest approach to Earth today, December 2, at a distance of only 1.4 million kilometers. NASA has warned that the space rock is already on its way towards the planet travelling at a speed of nearly 51245 kilometers per hour! (Pixabay)
3/5 Asteroid 2022 WT6 – This gigantic asteroid, with a size ranging between 52 feet and 118 feet, will make its close trip to Earth today, at a distance of nearly 1.8 million kilometers. The asteroid, known as Asteroid 2022 WT6, is already speeding towards Earth faster than a bullet, travelling at a speed of 72602 kilometers per hour. (Pixabay)
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4/5 Asteroid 2022 XA – NASA has warned that an asteroid named Asteroid 2022 XA is heading for Earth today, December 2. This asteroid, with a size between 29 feet and 65 feet, is heading for Earth at a blistering speed of 36500 kilometers per hour. It will miss Earth today at a terrifyingly close distance of only 541,027 kilometers. That is nearly as close as the Moon! (Pixabay)
5/5 Asteroid 2009 HV58 – Today’s fifth and the largest asteroid, a 1300-foot asteroid named 2009 HV58 will be making its closest Earth approach. It will come as close as 4.7 million kilometers, according to the information provided by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). And this is not all, the stadium-sized asteroid is also moving at a mind-numbing speed of 103824 kilometer per hour. Very few asteroids achieve such fearsome speed. (Pixabay)
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A stadium-sized asteroid is zooming towards Earth. Should you worry? Know what NASA said. (Pixabay)

There are a lot of asteroids that NASA scientists track on a daily basis. Even the current known asteroid count is 1113527. But do asteroids hit the Earth? Sadly, the answer is yes! Just a couple of weeks ago, NASA spotted an asteroid just three hours before it actually hit Earth. Thankfully, it didn't harm anyone, but NASA scientists informed that it "streaked across the sky high in Earth's atmosphere, broke up, and likely scattered small meteorites over the southern coastline of Lake Ontario." Another relieving fact is that the asteroid was just roughly 1 meter (3 feet) wide. So, if this small asteroid can grab so much attention and actually end up raining small rocks on the Earth, imagine what a 1300-foot asteroid can do in terms of damage.

NASA has warned that there is a giant Stadium-sized asteroid that is hurtling towards Earth at a fiery speed of 103833 km per hour today. NASA's JPL watchboard, which informs about the upcoming potentially hazardous asteroids in advance, says the scary asteroid, named 2009 HV58 measures a whopping 1300-foot in diameter. The horror of this giant monster rock doesn't end here!

NASA flags any asteroid as a potentially hazardous asteroid on the basis of its closest approach to Earth. If it comes within 4.6 million miles or 7.5 million kilometers of Earth and measures larger than about 150 meters in size, NASA dubs it as a potentially hazardous object. NASA's Asteroid Watch Dashboard data shows that this upcoming asteroid will come as close as 2.93 million miles to Earth. Hence, Asteroid 2009 HV58 is a potential threat to Earth due to its massive size and uncomfortably close approach to the Earth.

NASA Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) Mission

Recently, NASA successfully tested its DART Mission. In order to test planetary defence, a NASA spacecraft struck a non-hazardous asteroid called Dimorphos to determine how an asteroid strike on Earth can be averted. The collision successfully shifted the asteroid from its route. Plus, NASA constantly keeps an eye on upcoming asteroids with the help of some of the best technologies. Such as, with the use of optical and radio telescopes, NASA determines the size, shape, rotation, and physical composition of asteroids.

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First Published Date: 02 Dec, 19:17 IST
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