570-foot Asteroid 2010 XC15 rushing towards Earth today, says NASA! Check fiery speed | Tech News

570-foot Asteroid 2010 XC15 rushing towards Earth today, says NASA! Check fiery speed

A huge asteroid is all set to buzz Earth today at an extremely close distance. NASA has revealed key details about the asteroid.

| Updated on: Dec 27 2022, 10:55 IST
5 asteroids charging towards Earth at blistering speeds! Close approaches expected soon
1/5 Asteroid 2022 YB1 - A huge asteroid with a size ranging between 62 feet and 141 feet will fly past Earth by a very close margin today, December 26. The asteroid, named Asteroid 2022 YB1, will make its closest approach with the planet at a distance of 2.1 million kilometers. The asteroid is travelling towards the planet at a blistering speed of 53171 kilometers per hour!  (Wikimedia Commons)
2/5 Asteroid 2019 LT5 – Another humongous asteroid named 2019 LT5 will make its closest approach to Earth tomorrow, on December 27 at a distance of 6.2 million kilometers. The asteroid, with a width between 288 feet and 656 feet, is travelling at a speed of 53909 kilometers per hour towards the planet! (Wikimedia Commons)
3/5 Asteroid 2022 YY3 - NASA has issued an alert against another asteroid named Asteroid 2022 YY3. This is a relatively small asteroid with a width between 22 feet and 52 feet, and is expected to fly past Earth closely on December 27, at a distance of 1 million kilometers. The asteroid is already on its way towards Earth, travelling at a staggering speed of 30692 kilometers per hour.  (Pixabay)
4/5 Asteroid 2022 YG1 – Another asteroid, with a size between 68 feet and 157 feet, is all set to make a close approach to Earth tomorrow, December 27. The speeding space rock will pass the planet at a distance of 4.3 million kilometers. NASA has revealed that the asteroid is moving towards Earth at a staggering speed of 58198 kilometers per hour!  (Pixabay)
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5/5 Asteroid 2010 XC15 - The fifth and largest asteroid, with a size ranging between 459 feet and 984 feet, is named Asteroid 2010 XC15 and will be making its closest Earth approach on December 27. It will come as close as 772,312 kilometers, according to NASA JPL. The asteroid is moving at a slower pace than other asteroids, at 20312 kilometers per hour.  (Pixabay)
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Asteroid 2010 XC15 is nearly the size of a skyscraper. (Wikimedia Commons)

Though NASA regularly issues alerts against small asteroids which frequently make close trips to Earth, it is seldom that large space rocks come tearing towards us. Despite being hundreds of feet in width, these asteroids are still not large enough to cause catastrophic destruction which ends all life. In fact, NASA estimates an asteroid would have to be at least 96 kilometers wide to be considered as a planet-killer. But it doesn't mean we should completely ignore all the alerts issued by the space agency. The small asteroids are still capable of causing massive loss of life if they impact a crowded city.

Now, NASA has warned that another asteroid is charging towards Earth at staggering speed today, and it is huge!

NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office, which keeps an eye on dangerous Near-Earth Objects (NEOs), has red-flagged an asteroid named Asteroid 2010 XC15 due to its extremely close approach to the planet.

Asteroid 2010 XC15 key info

The asteroid will make its closest approach to Earth today, December 27, at a distance of just 772,318 kilometers. According to NASA, the space rock is already on its way towards the planet travelling at a speed of nearly 36358 kilometers per hour, which is more than the speed of a hypersonic ballistic missile! What makes this asteroid stand out from other asteroids is its humongous size. NASA has revealed that it is a 570-foot monster, making it nearly the size of a soaring skyscraper!

According to the-sky.org, the Asteroid 2010 XC15 belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids. It was discovered more than a decade ago on December 5, 2010. This asteroid takes 229 days to complete one trip around the Sun during which its maximum distance from the Sun is 156 million kilometers and nearest distance is 64 million kilometers.

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According to NASA, the orbits of asteroids can be changed by Jupiter's massive gravity and by occasional close encounters with planets like Mars or other objects. These accidental encounters can knock asteroids out of the main belt, and hurl them into space in all directions across the orbits of the other planets.

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First Published Date: 27 Dec, 10:12 IST