95-feet asteroid set for close approach with Earth! Check speed, size and more

NASA has revealed that an aircraft-sized asteroid is expected to make its closest approach to Earth today. Will it impact the surface? Know its details such as speed, size, and distance.

| Updated on: Aug 11 2023, 09:49 IST
3000-foot wide asteroid, 4 other space rocks hurtling towards Earth
1/5 Asteroid 2023 OE5 – According to details revealed by NASA, a 58 feet wide asteroid, identified as Asteroid 2023 OE5, is close to Earth, travelling at 13930 kilometers per hour. It will make its closest approach to the Earth on August 14. On that day, it will come as close as 1.5 million kilometers to the planet. (Pixabay)
2/5 Asteroid 2023 PC - Asteroid 2023 PC is another space rock that is currently heading towards Earth and will pass by Earth on August 14. The asteroid is almost 130 feet wide, travelling at almost 18990 kilometers per hour while making its closest approach at 5.1 million kilometers. (Pixabay)
3/5 Asteroid 2022 CP1 – Asteroid 2022 CP1, with a width of obviously 38 feet wide, will make its closest approach to Earth on August 17. The space rock is already rushing towards Earth at a speed of 35347 kilometers per hour and will miss the planet by a distance of 5.2 million kilometers. (Pixabay)
4/5 Asteroid 2011 QJ21 – Asteroid 2011 QJ21, which is almost 120 feet wide, is heading for Earth and will make a close approach on August 19. This asteroid is heading for Earth at a blistering speed of 54196 kilometers per hour. It will miss Earth, but will come as close as 4.9 million kilometers. (Pixabay)
5/5 Asteroid 1988 EG – The biggest of them all, Asteroid 1988 EG will make its closest approach to Earth on August 23. In terms of size, it is almost a staggering 3000 feet wide. As per NASA, it will come as close as 6 million kilometers and is already moving at a breakneck speed of 51309 kilometers per hour. (Pixabay)
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Asteroid 2022 BS2 belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids. (Pixabay)

Asteroids are rocky, airless remnants left over from the early formation of our solar system around 4.6 billion years ago, according to NASA. While most of them are located in the main asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, the orbits of these space rocks sometimes bring them close to Earth. Thus, it is imperative that these asteroids are observed and tracked for potentially hazardous situations. NASA has various ground and space-based telescopes to study them.

With the help of high-tech instruments such as the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), and the Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS), NASA has revealed details about an asteroid that will make its closest approach to Earth today.

Details about Asteroid 2022 BS2

According to NASA, Asteroid 2022 BS2 is a near-Earth asteroid that is expected to make its closest approach to Earth today, August 11. During this approach, it will come as close as 6.6 million kilometers to the planet. Although it will not impact, this distance is enough to classify it as a Near-Earth Object.

According to NASA, Asteroid 2022 BS2 is almost 95 feet wide, making it almost as big as an aircraft! 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.

As per NASA's Minor Planet Center, this asteroid orbits the Sun every 380 days. This space rock was detected on January 27, 2022.

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In research published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, MIT scientists have developed a new method to study the internal structure of the space rock based on how the spin of the asteroid changes when it makes a close approach with a huge celestial object, like a planet. This will help in understanding the internal structure of the asteroid as well as the weight distribution, which could help in future DART Missions.

The team of MIT scientists looks to apply this research to a Near-Earth Asteroid named Apophis. Although this asteroid is not expected to impact Earth anytime soon, a slight deviation in its trajectory could send it hurtling towards the planet.

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First Published Date: 11 Aug, 09:39 IST
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