82-feet wide Asteroid 2023 FS11 hurtling towards Earth at a fiery 42275 kmph, NASA says

Asteroid 2023 FS11 has been tracked heading towards Earth by NASA and could make a close approach to Earth today, April 3.

| Updated on: Apr 03 2023, 06:55 IST
262-foot asteroid among 5 nearing Earth, reveals NASA
1/5 Asteroid 2023 FU6: This 45-foot, house-sized asteroid will be approaching Earth on Monday, April 3 and get as close as 1.87 million kilometers. The asteroid is travelling at a speed of 36756 kmph. (Pixabay)
2/5 Asteroid 2023 FS11: The second asteroid to make a close approach to planet Earth on April 3 is 82-foot. This airplane-seized asteroid will come as close as 6.61 million km to the planet. Also, this gigantic rock is moving at a speed of 42264 kmph. (Flickr)
3/5 Asteroid 2023 FA7: Moving at a staggering speed of 86400 kmph, this asteroid is sized between 157-foot in diameter. It will be zooming towards a close approach to Earth on Tuesday, April 4. (Pixabay)
4/5 Asteroid 2023 FQ7: With a size of 114-foot, this asteroid will be approaching Earth on Wednesday, April 5. It is travelling at a speed of 30312 kilometers per hour. (Pixabay)
5/5 Asteroid 2023 FZ3: This asteroid will be zooming towards Earth on Thursday, April 6. Travelling at a speed of 67680 kilometers per hour, the diameter of the asteroid is 262-foot, according to NASA. (Pixabay)
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Asteroid 2023 FS11 belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids. (Freepik)

An asteroid named Asteroid 2023 FS11 has been receiving a lot of attention lately from space agencies around the world as it is all set to make a close approach with Earth today. Although smaller asteroids make close approaches to Earth frequently, bigger asteroids seldom do. Even when asteroids come close to Earth, most of them burn up in the planet's atmosphere. The Near-Earth Object Observations Program, commonly called "Spaceguard," discovers these objects, characterizes a subset of them, and determines their orbits to determine if any could be potentially hazardous to our planet.

NASA has now issued a warning against an asteroid that will make a very close approach to Earth today, April 3.

Asteroid 2023 FS11 details

NASA has red-flagged an asteroid named Asteroid 2023 FS11 due to its extremely close approach with the planet. The asteroid will make its closest approach to Earth today, April 3, at a distance of 6.6 million kilometers per hour. It is already on its way towards the planet travelling at a fearsome speed of nearly 42275 kilometers per hour!

Asteroid 2023 FS11 is particularly concerning due to its huge size. It is a 82-foot wide asteroid, which is nearly the size of an aircraft, says NASA. Although this asteroid is not expected to collide with Earth, a slight deviation in its trajectory due to the Earth's gravitational pull can send the asteroid hurtling towards Earth for an impact.

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: 03 Apr, 06:54 IST
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