164-foot asteroid to pass Earth by a close margin, says NASA

An Apollo group asteroid, which has been classified as a Near-Earth Asteroid, is expected to pass by Earth today, November 13. Know its speed, size, distance, and other details.

| Updated on: Nov 13 2023, 08:00 IST
Geomagnetic storm to spark auroras, radio blackouts on Earth soon, reveals NASA
1/6 A geomagnetic storm is a temporary disturbance of the Earth's magnetosphere that is caused by solar activity. Since we are moving close to the 25th solar cycle, the frequency of solar activity has increased and this will likely lead to more powerful solar storms being generated by our Sun. (REUTERS)
2/6 NASA and NOAA have suggested that a coronal mass ejection (CME) is moving close to the Earth and might collide with it on November 12. This CME can cause geomagnetic storms leading to aurora lights and radio blackouts.  (Pexels)
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3/6 Renowned space weather physicist, and solar storm enthusiast, Tamitha Skov, explained it all with her post on her X account, “A #Solarstorm Encore: A new direct hit comes! NOAA & NASA models show an impact expected by November 12 (optimistic estimates say late November 11 if the storm is fast). Although not as strong as the recent storm, this one could reach G2 levels & bring #aurora to mid-latitudes.”  (Pixabay)
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4/6 It should be kept in mind that predictions of geomagnetic storm by these models can change as exact forecasts are tough to make. The upcoming geomagnetic storm can affect drone pilots, mariners, aviators, and emergency responders.  (Pixabay)
5/6 GOES-16 is the first of the GOES-R series of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites operated by NASA and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). It is an important tool for weather forecasting, climate monitoring, and space weather prediction, along with other space phenomena.  (NASA)
6/6 Apart from this, the NASA SDO observes the Sun to collect data from various solar activities. For this, it uses three major instruments including They include the Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI), Extreme Ultraviolet Variability Experiment (EVE), and Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA). These initiatives by NASA  are extremely necessary to predict the phenomenons like a Geomagnetic storm. (NASA)
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Asteroid 2023 VX belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids. (Pixabay)

Earth is almost 4.5 billion years old and there have been several asteroid impacts throughout history. In a new development, NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) has shed light on a Near-Earth asteroid that is set to pass Earth by a close margin today, November 13. Whilst this space rock will come very close to the planet, it is not expected to impact the surface and leave a crater in its wake, causing catastrophic damage. According to the space agency, Asteroid 2023 VX will pass by Earth at a distance of around 6.6 million kilometers.

Asteroid 2023 VX: Details of close approach

The asteroid is already on its way toward the planet, travelling at a breakneck speed of 40034 kilometers per hour, which is even faster than Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles! While this asteroid is not a planet killer or as big as the dinosaur-killing asteroid, it is almost three times the size of the Chelyabinsk asteroid which crashed over the Russian city in 2013, injuring over 1400 people and damaging 7000 buildings. NASA estimates Asteroid 2023 VX to be almost 164 feet wide, making it as big as an aircraft.

The space agency has also revealed that Asteroid 2023 VX belongs to the Apollo group of Near-Earth Asteroids, which are Earth-crossing space rocks with semi-major axes larger than Earth's. These asteroids are named after the humongous 1862 Apollo asteroid, discovered by German astronomer Karl Reinmuth in the 1930s.

NASA has also revealed that this will be the first time Asteroid 2023 VX passes Earth. According to the space agency, it is not expected to make another close approach to the planet in the near future.

Asteroids found in Antarctica

Antarctica is a desolate place known for its vast expanse of ice. However, a team of scientists have made an amazing discovery - 5 asteroids that could hold the key to Earth's formation. These space rocks were found in a region known as Antarctica Blue Ice. Antarctica is an ideal place to spot crashed asteroids or meteorites as these objects can be spotted easily thanks to the land's unique icy conditions. According to Maria Schoenbaechler, a professor from the Department of Earth Sciences at ETH-Zurich in Switzerland, the rock is made of chondrites, the oldest known rock material in the universe. “It belongs to the oldest material that can be found on Earth and is similar to the building block of the Earth,” she said.

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First Published Date: 13 Nov, 07:59 IST