190-foot asteroid hurtling towards Earth! NASA warns about more asteroids coming | Tech News

190-foot asteroid hurtling towards Earth! NASA warns about more asteroids coming

NASA has issued a warning about several asteroids that will make their closest approach towards Earth, including the asteroid that is 190-foot wide.

| Updated on: Aug 14 2022, 10:50 IST
Several Asteroids are posing great threat to Earth over the next few days. Know everything here. (HT_PRINT)

The month of August seems a perfect time for skywatchers to do some star-gazing. Available for their viewing pleasure are Perseids meteor shower and the recent supermoon, plus many more upcoming events that will leave them awestruck. While these heightened viewing pleasure, there are other objects in the sky that are spreading terror. Some wicked space rocks are shooting across space, posing a big threat to Earth. Yesterday, a mammoth 110-foot wide 2022 OT1 asteroid safely passed within a close distance of 4.7 million kilometers from Earth. However, Earth may not be lucky every time! NASA says that asteroids generally travel around the Sun, but can change their orbit paths due to the gravitational force of planets, which can sometimes force them to collide with them. So far, the only ones that have collided in recent years have been small ones, which caused little or localised damage.

Now, NASA's Asteroid Watch revealed that there are four asteroids that are making their close appearance to Earth in the next few days. One of the biggest asteroids will be the massive 190-foot asteroid named 2022 PC that will come within 6.3 million kilometres of our planet on August 18. It is much bigger than the asteroid which whizzed past the Earth yesterday. It will travel at a speed of 4.07 kilometers per second.

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However, there is another terror that is coming way more closer than all of these asteroids. On August 16, the space rock named 2022 PW will make its closest approach within the distance of 529,000 kilometres of the Earth! Know that the average distance between Earth and the moon is about 385,000 kilometers. However, it is relatively smaller than the other asteroids that are getting ready to visit the space around Earth. NASA mentioned that it is a 93-foot wide asteroid.

NASA's Asteroid Watch dashboard tracks asteroids and comets that will make relatively close approaches to Earth on a daily basis to detect potentially dangerous objects to the planet. The latest information stated that an airplane-sized 71-feet wide 2022 0A4 asteroid is approaching the Earth today at a blazing 7.86 kilometers per second.

An asteroid larger than about 150 meters (around 492-feet) that approaches anywhere near Earth is termed a potentially hazardous object by NASA. And these upcoming asteroids have not been termed as potentially hazardous.

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First Published Date: 14 Aug, 10:50 IST