160-foot asteroid approaching Earth at fiery speed for a close approach, NASA data reveals

A huge asteroid could pass Earth at a very close distance and NASA has revealed information such as its speed, size, and more. Check details.

| Updated on: Jun 08 2023, 10:08 IST
200-foot asteroid among 5 MASSIVE monster rocks set to buzz Earth, NASA warns
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1/6 Asteroid 2023 HO18: Today, this 93-foot asteroid is set to make its closest approach to Earth at a distance of just 290,000 miles. The asteroid is currently hurtling towards our planet at an astonishing velocity of 16774 kmph. (Pixabay)
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2/6 Asteroid 2023 JR2: Today, a 120-foot asteroid is poised to zoom past Earth, approaching as close as 4.05 million miles. This asteroid, similar in size to an airplane, is hurtling towards our planet at a speed of 27,287 kilometers per hour.   (NASA)
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3/6 Asteroid 2023 JE5: Another airplane-sized asteroid will make its closest approach to Earth at a distance of 4.2 million miles on June 4. Asteroid 2023 JE5 is 110-foot space rock that is hurtling toward Earth at a blistering 28713 kmph.  (Pixabay)
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4/6 Asteroid 2023 KW2: A monstrous 200-foot asteroid will be making its closest approach to Earth on June 6. It will come as close as 2.82 million miles, according to NASA's JPL. The asteroid is moving at a blistering speed of 36351 kilometers per hour toward Earth.  (Pixabay)
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5/6 Asteroid 2018 KR: This is a house-sized asteroid which is a 59-foot wide space rock that is set to make an uncomfortably close approach towards Earth on June 7. It is speeding at a fiery 17554 kmph. It will be just 1.54 million miles away from Earth at its closest point. (Pixabay)
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6/6 Thankfully, none of these asteroids has been dubbed as potentially hazardous. According to NASA, an asteroid larger than about 150 meters that can approach the Earth to within 4.6 million miles is termed a potentially hazardous object. However, NASA's Planetary Science Division, NEOWISE harvests measurements of asteroids and comets to determine the potential risk in advance to avoid any mishaps.  (NASA)
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Asteroid 2023 JB3 belongs to the Aten group of asteroids. (NASA)

The three primary classifications of asteroids are C-type, S-type, and M-type. C-type asteroids, which are composed primarily of carbon-rich substances, are the most frequent, while S-type asteroids, which are made up mainly of silicate minerals, are less common. M-type asteroids, which are primarily composed of metal, are the least prevalent. Research on asteroids is critical since it can provide valuable information on the early stages of the solar system and planetary development. Furthermore, these celestial bodies might contain useful resources such as metals and water, which may be utilized in forthcoming space missions.

NASA has recently issued an alert against one such mammoth asteroid that is set to make a close approach to Earth soon.

Asteroid 2023 JB3 details

The asteroid, designated as Asteroid 2023 JB3 by NASA's Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), will make its closest approach to Earth tomorrow, June 9, at a distance of 5.4 million kilometers. It is dashing towards Earth at a fearsome speed of 25018 kilometers per hour. Asteroid 2023 JB3 belongs to the Apollo group of Near-Earth Asteroids (NEAs).

What's concerning about this asteroid is that it is mammoth in size. With a width of nearly 160 feet, it can be compared to huge aircraft! It belongs to the Aten group of asteroids, which are Earth-crossing Near-Earth Asteroids (NEAs) with semi-major axes smaller than Earth's. They are named after the asteroid 2062 Aten.

NASA tracks asteroids using a combination of ground-based and space-based telescopes. The NASA-funded Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) scans the night sky for moving objects and reports any potential asteroid detections, while some space-based observatories use infrared sensors to detect asteroids and their characteristics.

Who monitors the skies for Near-Earth Objects?

More and more asteroids have been flying past Earth albeit at a safe distance. NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office monitors the skies with telescopes and keeps track of upcoming near-Earth object (NEO) flybys. With the help of advanced telescopes, more than 750,000 asteroids have been discovered to date, of which more than 27,000 are near-Earth asteroids.

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First Published Date: 08 Jun, 10:08 IST