470-foot Asteroid 2015 BY310 heading for SCARY Earth encounter; clocked at fiery 27782kmph

    NASA and other space agencies are on alert as the colossal 470-foot Asteroid 2015 BY310 is set to make a close approach to Earth soon.

    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Mar 06 2023, 07:07 IST
    Asteroids Incoming! 5 Asteroids set for close Earth approach, says NASA
    1/5 Asteroid 2023 DX – According to NASA, Asteroid 2023 DX, which is 74 feet wide, will make its closest approach to Earth today, March 3. Asteroid 2023 DX is already rushing towards Earth at a speed of 46984 kilometers per hour and will miss the planet by a distance of 1.9 million kilometers.  (Pixabay)
    2/5 Asteroid 2007 ED125 – Asteroid 2007 ED125, which is nearly 700 feet wide, is heading for Earth and will make a close approach today, March 3. This asteroid is heading for Earth at a blistering speed of 47032 kilometers per hour. It will miss Earth at a close distance of 4.4 million kilometers.  (Pixabay)
    3/5 Asteroid 2017 BM123 – Asteroid 2017 BM123 will make its closest approach to Earth today, March 3. It is nearly 100 feet wide, as per NASA. The asteroid will come as close as 4.6 million kilometers near Earth and is already moving at a breakneck speed of 28138 kilometers per hour.  (Pixabay)
    4/5 Asteroid 2023 DN1 – Another asteroid named Asteroid 2023 DN1 is heading for Earth and will make a close approach today, March 3. This asteroid, with a width of 49 feet, is heading for Earth at a blistering speed of 26338 kilometers per hour. It will miss Earth at an extremely close distance of 2.8 million kilometers.  (Pixabay)
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    5/5 Asteroid 2021 QW – The fifth asteroid, with a size ranging between 193 feet and 426 feet, is named Asteroid 2021 QW and will be making its closest Earth approach today, March 3. It will come as close as 5.3 million kilometers, according to NASA. The asteroid is moving at a fearsome speed of 43519 kilometers per hour.  (Bloomberg)
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    Asteroid 2015 BY310 belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids. (Pixabay)

    Asteroids move in an elliptical orbit around the Sun, and they also rotate while moving, sometimes in an erratic manner. Although asteroids can be found orbiting our Sun between Mars and Jupiter within the main asteroid belt, they can sometimes stray from their trajectory and head towards Earth for a potential surface impact. NASA has recently warned about a similar asteroid that is approaching Earth and is expected to have a close encounter with the planet.

    Asteroid 2015 BY310 details

    The asteroid, given the name of Asteroid 2015 BY310, has particularly piqued the interest of scientists due to its sheer size. NASA estimates the asteroid to be nearly 470 feet wide, which makes it almost as big as a skyscraper! Due to its size, Asteroid 2015 BY310 could have huge destructive potential if it impacts the planet, especially if it crashes in a densely populated area.

    The space agency further revealed that Asteroid 2015 BY310 will make its closest approach to Earth tomorrow, March 7, at a distance of 4 million kilometers. In fact, it is already sprinting towards Earth, at a fearsome speed of 27782 kilometers per hour, which is much faster than a hypersonic ballistic missile!

    Protection against asteroids

    To counter these asteroids which head for Earth for potential impact, NASA has already carried out the testing of its DART Mission for planetary protection. The space agency crashed a spacecraft into an oncoming asteroid to successfully divert it from its path.

    Now, ESA is also gearing up to build an early warning system for dangerous asteroids. Called NEOMIR (Near-Earth Object Mission in the InfraRed), the spacecraft would orbit between the Earth and the Sun at the L1 Lagrange Point, finding space rocks that otherwise get lost in the glare of the Sun, as per the ESA.

    The NEOMIR mission will act as an early warning system for asteroids 20 meters and larger that cannot be seen from the ground.

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    First Published Date: 06 Mar, 07:06 IST
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