75-foot asteroid to come as close as 2.4 mn km to Earth; NASA reveals speed, other details | Tech News

75-foot asteroid to come as close as 2.4 mn km to Earth; NASA reveals speed, other details

An aircraft-sized asteroid is expected to pass Earth today, December 26, NASA has revealed. Know details such as speed, size, distance, and more, as per NASA.

By: HT TECH
| Updated on: Dec 26 2023, 09:58 IST
NASA tracks 130-foot asteroid along with 4 others, reveals details of speed, close encounter with Earth
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1/5 Asteroid 2010 UE51: Designated as Asteroid 2010UE51, this space rock is on it way to pass Earth in December 2024. This asteroid is 22 Feet wide. During its approach, it is expected to come as close as 3.43 million kilometers. It will travel towards the Earth at a speed of 4724 kilometers per hour. (Pixabay)
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2/5 Asteroid 2023 XP13: This asteroid is expected to pass Earth on December 24 and is 89 Feet wide. According to NASA, this asteroid will come as close as 4.53 million kilometers during its approach. The asteroid will travel towards Earth at a speed of 67156 kilometers per hour.  (Pixabay)
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3/5 Asteroid 2023 XP13: This asteroid is expected to pass Earth on December 24 and is 89 Feet wide. According to NASA, this asteroid will come as close as 4.53 million kilometers during its approach. The asteroid will travel towards Earth at a speed of 67156 kilometers per hour. (Pixabay)
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4/5 Asteroid 2023 YT: This asteroid is designated as Asteroid 2023 YT, and is expected to pass Earth on December 25. This asteroid is 63 Feet wide and it will come as close as 2.340 million kilometers during its approach. This space rock will be traveling towards Earth at a speed of 15950 kilometers per hour.  (pixabay)
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5/5 Asteroid 2023 XK16: NASA designated this space rock as Asteroid 2023 XK16. It is expected to pass Earth on December 25. This asteroid is 120 Feet wide and will come as close as 3.34 million kilometers to Earth. This asteroid will be traveling towards the planet at a speed of 26684 kilometers per hour. (Pixabay)
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Asteroid 2023 XO7 belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids, as per NASA. Check other details. (Pexels)

When NASA's telescopes track a new Near-Earth Asteroid (NEA), astronomers measure the asteroid's observed positions in the sky and report them to the Minor Planet Center. The Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) then uses that data to determine the asteroid's most likely orbit around the Sun. As per CNEOS, an asteroid, given the designation of Asteroid 2023 XO7, is expected to pass Earth by a close margin today, December 7. Know details about Asteroid 2023 XO7 such as its speed, size, distance of approach, and more.

Asteroid 2023 XO7: Details

Asteroid 2023 XO7 is expected to pass Earth at a distance of just 2.4 million kilometers and at a speed of 24182 kilometers per hour which is much faster than Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs)! It is important to note that while it has been termed as a Near-Earth Asteroid due to its close distance of passing, it is not expected to actually impact the planet.

It 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.

How big is the asteroid?

NASA has not designated Asteroid 2023 XO7 as a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid. Only celestial objects larger than 492 feet that pass Earth at a distance closer than 7.5 million kilometers are designated so, and Asteroid 2023 XO7 does not fulfill one of these requirements. In terms of size, Asteroid 2023 XO7 is almost 75 feet wide, making it almost as big as an aircraft.

According to NASA, this will not be Asteroid 2023 XO7's first-ever close approach to Earth. The first time it came close to the planet was on November 16, 1961, when it passed at a distance of approximately 55 million kilometers. After today, it will pass Earth again on March 26, 2155, at almost 70 million kilometers.

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First Published Date: 26 Dec, 09:58 IST
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