Aircraft-sized Asteroid 2023 MU to buzz Earth today! NASA reveals details | Tech News

Aircraft-sized Asteroid 2023 MU to buzz Earth today! NASA reveals details

A menacing asteroid is hurtling towards Earth right now. Here’s what NASA has revealed about this space rock.

By: HT TECH
| Updated on: Jun 23 2023, 09:53 IST
840-foot asteroid, 4 other space rocks, speeding towards Earth, NASA warns
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1/6 Asteroid 2016 LK49 – This is a Near-Earth Asteroid that will make its closest approach to Earth today, June 19. According to NASA, this asteroid is 70-foot wide. The asteroid will come as close as 4.14 million miles near Earth and is moving at a speed of fiery 69863 kilometers per hour. (Pixabay)
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2/6 Asteroid 2023 LT1 –  This is a 49-foot-wide asteroid, that will make its closest approach to Earth tomorrow, June 20. The asteroid is already rushing towards Earth at a speed of 37003 kilometers per hour and will pass the planet at an uncomfortable distance of 427,000 miles. (Pixabay)
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3/6 Asteroid 2023 HF1 – With a width of almost 180-foot, this asteroid will be making its closest Earth approach on June 21. It will come as close as 2.97 million miles, according to NASA. The asteroid is rushing at a speed of 15727 kilometers per hour. (Pixabay)
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4/6 Asteroid 2008 LG2 – An airplane-sized asteroid named Asteroid 2008 LG2 is heading for Earth and will make a close approach on June 24. This asteroid is heading for Earth at a blistering speed of 20206 kilometers per hour. It will miss Earth at a distance of 2.5 million miles.  (Pixabay)
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5/6 Asteroid 2002 LT38 – This monster rock is almost 840-foot in size, and is heading for Earth to make a close approach on June 24. This asteroid is heading towards Earth at a breakneck speed of 25735 kilometers per hour. As per NASA's JPL data, it will be as close as 4.14 million miles. (Pixabay)
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6/6 To track these monster rocks, NASA uses various technologies, such as telescopes and satellites, both on Earth and in space, to monitor these asteroids. Planetary radar, conducted by radio telescopes at NASA's Deep Space Network and the National Science Foundation's Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, provides some of the most detailed characterization data.  (NASA)
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Asteroid 2023 MU belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids. (NASA CNEOS)

Asteroids make close approaches to Earth very frequently. The potential chance of impact leaves a big question mark about how we are going to protect the Earth from a possible impact. To counter this threat, 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 divert it from its path, thus successfully testing a method of asteroid diversion. Moreover, ESA has a mission in place called NEOMIR that will act as an early warning system for asteroids 20 meters and larger that cannot be seen from the Earth.

Today, NASA, with the help of its various space and ground-based telescopes, has issued a warning against an asteroid that will come very close to the planet, and it is huge!

Asteroid 2023 MU details

NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office is responsible for monitoring the skies and keeping a watch on various Near-Earth Objects (NEOs). The organization has issued a warning against an asteroid designated as Asteroid 2023 MU. This Near-Earth Asteroid (NEA) is expected to make its closest approach to Earth today, June 23. Whilst this asteroid will come very close to the planet, it is not expected to impact the surface. According to NASA, Asteroid 2023 MU will pass by Earth at a distance of around 7 million kilometers.

It is already on its way towards the planet, travelling at a blistering speed of 50305 kilometers per hour. According to NASA, Asteroid 2023 MU is almost 170 feet wide, making it almost as big as an aircraft!

Furthermore, 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.

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First Published Date: 23 Jun, 09:36 IST
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