140-foot Asteroid heading for Earth, just days after HORROR asteroid HITS planet, says NASA

    Horrifyingly, an asteroid actually hit Earth, NASA revealed. Now, NASA has alerted about a 140-foot-wide asteroid heading this way.
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    | Updated on: Nov 24 2022, 21:03 IST
    5 dangerous asteroids barreling towards Earth; NASA clocks 154-foot rock at 55940 kmph
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    1/5 Asteroid 2005 LW3 – The first and largest asteroid of them all, NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office has issued an alert against a humongous asteroid named Asteroid 2005 LW3. It will make its closest approach to Earth today, November 23, at a distance of just 1.1 million kilometers. Asteroid 2005 LW3 is huge, ranging anywhere between 426 feet and 918 feet in size! NASA has warned that the space rock is already on its way towards the planet, travelling at a staggering speed of 48580 kilometers per hour. (ESA)
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    2/5 Asteroid 2022 WS2 - NASA has red-flagged another asteroid named Asteroid 2022 WS2 due to its extremely close approach to the planet. The asteroid, with a size ranging between 39 feet and 88 feet, will make its closest approach to Earth today, November 23, at a distance of 3 million kilometers. It is already on its way towards the planet travelling at a speed of nearly 42039 kilometers per hour! (Pixabay)
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    3/5 Asteroid 2022 WR2 – NASA has issued an alert against an asteroid named Asteroid 2022 WR2 which is expected to come extremely close to Earth today, November 23. Its close approach will bring it within just 3.5 million kilometers of Earth. The asteroid is already on its way towards Earth, travelling at a staggering speed of 27629 kilometers per hour. Fortunately, this asteroid is quite small with a size ranging anywhere between 39 feet and 88 feet. (Pixabay)
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    4/5 Asteroid 2022 WL2 – This week’s fourth asteroid, named Asteroid 2022 WL2, has a size ranging between 29 feet and 65 feet. It will make its closest approach to Earth today, November 23 at a distance of 2.2 million kilometers. It is hurtling towards the planet at a fiery 28980 kilometers per hour, which is nearly twice the speed of a hypersonic ballistic missile! (Pixabay)
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    5/5 Asteroid 2022 WQ1 – This 68-foot to 154-foot asteroid is the fifth space rock heading for Earth. NASA has warned that an asteroid named Asteroid 2022 WQ1, will make its closest approach tomorrow, November 24. This asteroid is heading for Earth at a blistering speed of 55940 kilometers per hour. It will miss Earth today at an extremely close distance of 2.9 million kilometers. (Pixabay)
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    NASA warned about a massive 140-foot wide asteroid approaching Earth tomorrow just a few days after one hit it. (NASA)

    Horrifyingly, just hours before an asteroid strike on Earth, NASA realised it was on a collision course with Earth and would hit for sure. The asteroid strike, on November 19, caused skies over southern Ontario, Canada, to light up brightly as astonished people looked on. The asteroid that hit Earth was named 2022 WJ1. 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." Surprising fact? The asteroid was detected just three and a half an hour before impact. Reason for the fortunate ending was that this asteroid was roughly 1 meter (3 feet) wide. Now, a 140-foot asteroid is coming towards Earth, NASA reveals.

    NASA is tasked with the job of tracking all near-Earth objects such as asteroids and comets that could survive passage through Earth's atmosphere and pose threat to the Earth. NASA's JPL watchboard informs about the upcoming potentially hazardous asteroids in advance. The next scary asteroid is coming tomorrow and is travelling at a terrifying speed of 39204 km per hour. This asteroid is named 2022 WO4 which measures 150 feet in diameter. NASA's Asteroid Watch Dashboard data shows that this asteroid will come as close as 2.61 million miles to Erath. So, is it dangerous for Earth?

    NASA determines if any asteroid is a potentially hazardous asteroid or not on the basis of its closest approach, which should fall within 4.6 million miles or 7.5 million kilometers of Earth and measures larger than about 150 meters in size. Hence, Asteroid 2022 WO4 is a potential threat to Earth. That is why NASA is keeping an active eye on this upcoming asteroid. The probability of this asteroid flying by are good and chances of it deviating anywhere nearer to Earth, like the one that crashed a couple of days ago, are negligible at the moment.

    Did you know?

    Do you know, just like this recent asteroid that was tracked just before hitting Earth, the first such asteroid was discovered in 2008? It was asteroid 2008 TC3 which entered the atmosphere over Sudan and broke up into tiny pieces. It was a 13-foot wide or 4-meter-wide asteroid that scattered all over the Nubian Desert into hundreds of small meteorites.

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