Aircraft-sized asteroid set for Earth approach today! NASA reveals details

An Apollo group asteroid could make its closest approach to Earth today as its orbit will bring it dangerously close to the planet. Know details such as its speed, size, and distance, as per NASA.

| Updated on: Aug 14 2023, 10:40 IST
Asteroid 2023 PQ, along with 3 other asteroids, approaching Earth today, NASA reveals
1/5 Asteroids follow orbits that occasionally bring them near Earth, and their potential threat to our planet is a concern acknowledged by the US space agency NASA. Throughout time, various asteroid impacts have occurred, such as the Chelyabinsk asteroid event and the much earlier Chicxulub asteroid. The latter is believed to have resulted in the extinction of dinosaurs. Recently, in an incident in France, a space rock struck a woman in the chest. There is in fact a continuous flow of asteroids past the Earth and a few come very close and among these are 4 asteroids that are approaching Earth today. (Pixabay)
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2/5 Asteroid 2023 PQ: Asteroid 2023 PQ will make its close approach towards Earth today. This Airplane- sized asteroid has a width of around 110 feet. It will approach Earth at a distance of 0.47 million Kilometers at a speed of 53308 kilometers per hour. According to NASA, it is not hazardous to Earth. (Pixabay)
3/5 Asteroid 2023 OE5: According to the details published by the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), an asteroid, given the designation of Asteroid 2023 OE5, is on its way toward Earth and could make its closest approach to the planet today. As per the details, Asteroid 2023 OE5 is expected to make its closest approach to the planet at a distance of just 0.96 million kilometers, and at a speed of 13937 kilometers per hour. The asteroid is estimated to be the size of a house with a width of 59 Feet.  According to NASA, this asteroid isn't large enough to be a "Potentially Hazardous Object.  (Pixabay)
4/5 Asteroid 2023 PA1: Another asteroid that is approaching Earth today is 2023 PA1. According to the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), this is an Airplane- sized asteroid with a width of 98 Feet. It will approach Earth with the closest approach of 1.56 million kilometers. It will be hurtling towards Earth with a speed of 72700 Km per hour. (Pixabay)
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5/5 Asteroid 2023 PS: The last asteroid that will approach Earth today is 2023 PS. It is a house-sized asteroid and has a width of 56 Feet. It will approach Earth with a speed of 28266 Km per hour. Its closest approach to the Earth will be 1.58 million kilometers. According to NASA, this asteroid is not a ‘Potentially Hazardous Object’ for Earth. (NASA)
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Asteroid 2023 PQ belongs to the Apollo group of near-Earth asteroids. (Pixabay)

NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test or DART, was carried out in September last year with the space agency smashing a spacecraft into the Dimorphos asteroid to knock it off its course. It was the first-ever planetary defense test conducted to protect Earth against potential asteroid impacts in the future. Now, the European Space Agency's Hera spacecraft will observe the aftermath of the collision and even capture images of the asteroid's interior when it launches in 2024.

While not expected to impact Earth, NASA has issued a warning against an asteroid that will have a close encounter with Earth today.

Asteroid 2023 PQ

An asteroid, given the designation of Asteroid 2023 PQ, is on its way towards Earth and could make its closest approach to the planet today, August 14. NASA revealed these shocking details after tracking the asteroid's orbit using its various satellites and space and ground-based telescopes. As per the details, Asteroid 2023 PQ is expected to make its closest approach to the planet at a distance of 756,000 kilometers. It is already travelling towards Earth at a speed of 53308 kilometers per hour, as per NASA.

This space rock 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 it?

Despite the close approach of the asteroid, it is not a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid. In terms of size, Asteroid 2023 PQ is nearly 110 feet wide, which makes it almost as big as an aircraft. According to NASA, an asteroid would have to be at least 96 kilometers wide to end all life on Earth. However, the asteroid is still big enough to cause some degree of damage, especially if it crashed in populated areas.

Space rock hits woman in France

On July 6, a meteor crashed and hit a woman who was sipping coffee on her terrace! According to a report by the local French newspaper Les Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace, a woman sitting on her terrace in the village of Alsace in Eastern France was struck by a meteor that bounced off the roof and hit her chest.

Later, she got the rock examined by a geologist named Dr. Thierry Rebmann, who confirmed that it was indeed a meteorite from outer space!

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First Published Date: 14 Aug, 10:18 IST