350-foot asteroid to pass Earth today, reveals NASA; Know how close it will get | Tech News

350-foot asteroid to pass Earth today, reveals NASA; Know how close it will get

An Apollo-group asteroid has been tracked by NASA and it is likely to make its closest approach to Earth today, March 12. From size, speed to how close it will pass Earth, know all about Asteroid 2015 FM34.

| Updated on: Mar 12 2024, 10:12 IST
NASA reveals 5 asteroids set to come near Earth; Check speed, size and more
1/5 Asteroid 2024 EA2: NASA says asteroid 2024 EA2 will pass by Earth by a close margin on March 10, 2024. The asteroid is nearly 36 feet wide and it is moving at the speed of 39630 kilometers per hour. It is expected to come as close as 1.2 million kilometres to the Earth. (NASA)
2/5 Asteroid 2024 EE2: This asteroid is expected to fly past Earth on March 10, 2024, with an approximate distance of 5.3 million kilometres. Asteroid 2024 2024 EE2 is 120 feet wide and it is moving at a speed of 67291 kilometers per hour.  (Pixabay)
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3/5 Asteroid 2024 DA1: The next space rock is the Asteroid 2024 DA1. It is said to be 150 feet wide and it is speculated to come close to Earth on March 11, 2024. Currently, the asteroid is moving at a speed of 35802 kilometres per hour and it will pass Earth at 3.6 million kilometres.  (Pixels)
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4/5 Asteroid 2024 EG2: NASA says asteroid 2024 EG2 is 76 feet wide and it will fly past Earth on March 12, 2024. The asteroid is moving at a relative speed of 70509 kilometres per hour. The asteroid EG2 is said to come as close as 6.4 million kilometers to Earth.  (Pixabay)
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5/5 Asteroid 2015 FM34: The last asteroid on NASA's list is Asteroid 2015 FM34, which is estimated to be 350 feet wide. The asteroid is travelling at 39837 kilometres per hour and will have a near encounter with Earth on March 12, 2024. It will come as close as7.4 million kilometres to Earth. (Pixabay)
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Asteroid 2015 FM34 belongs to the Apollo group of Near-Earth Asteroids, according to NASA. (Pixabay)

Like previous months, we've seen numerous asteroids fly past Earth in recent weeks. These space rocks come close to the planet when they interact with the gravitational field of a large planet like Jupiter. This entanglement knocks asteroids off their orbits and sends them hurtling towards a planet, raising a potential impact scenario. With the help of its advanced ground and space-based telescopes and satellites, NASA has shed light on an asteroid that is expected to pass Earth by a close margin today, March 12.

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Asteroid 2015 FM34: Details

The asteroid has been given the designation of Asteroid 2015 FM34 by NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS). The space rock is travelling in its orbit at a blistering speed of around 39837 kilometers per hour, which is even faster than Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs)! As per the US Space Agency, this asteroid will come as close as 7.4 million kilometers to Earth today, March 12.

NASA says that although Asteroid 2015 FM34 will come close to Earth and has been designated as a Near-Earth Asteroid (NEA), it is not likely to impact the surface. That said, it is quite big when compared to other asteroids that fly past the planet frequently. In terms of size, the asteroid is nearly 350 feet wide, making it almost as big as a building.

Asteroid 2015 FM34 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.

Also Read: What are asteroids and how ESA is tracking them

Previous approaches

Asteroid 2024 CL3 has passed Earth before. It first flew past the planet on April 24, 1946, at a distance of almost 72 million kilometers. NASA says that after today, this asteroid will come close again on March 17, 2027, and it will pass the planet by a distance of 7.2 million kilometers. Thus, it is imperative to keep an eye on these asteroids to minimize the uncertainties around their close approaches.

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First Published Date: 12 Mar, 10:12 IST