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Aircraft-sized asteroid to pass Earth, reveals NASA; Know details of close approach

NASA has revealed details of a close encounter with an asteroid that is nearly 120 feet wide! Know its speed, distance of approach, and more.

By: HT TECH
| Updated on: Dec 05 2023, 15:02 IST
NASA reveals a massive 110-foot asteroid set to come close to Earth today! Check speed, size, more
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1/5 NASA reports that asteroid 2023 WD3 is moving at a rapid speed and it is going to pass by Earth at a very close distance. The data reveals that the asteroid will come close to our planet today. (Pixabay)
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2/5 According to the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), the asteroid 2023 WD3 is hurtling with a speed of 50420 kilometres per hour and it will make a close approach today, which is December 1, 2023. (Pixabay)
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3/5 As per NASA's asteroid data tracking page, the asteroid 2023 WD3 is expected to come as close as 3060000 kilometres to our Planet. While it may appear to be a huge distance, in astronom8cal terms, it is minuscule. (Pixabay)
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4/5 The asteroid has a massive size of 110 feet which is as big as an airplane. The asteroid belongs to the Apollo group of Near-Earth asteroids. (Pixels)
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5/5 NASA says the asteroid does not pose any threat to Earth. However, NASA will keep track of the asteroid's movements as sometimes they can deviate from their path due to Earth's gravitational pull. (Pixabay)
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Asteroid 2023 WW belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids. (Pixabay)

There have been several close calls with asteroids in history. One of them even impacted Earth and kicked off the extinction of the dinosaurs about 65 million years ago. In a new development, NASA, with the help of its advanced ground and space-based telescopes, has revealed that an asteroid is expected to pass Earth today, December 5. According to NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies, the space rock has been designated Asteroid 2023 WW. Know all about the asteroid's close approach to Earth such as its speed, size, distance of approach, and more.

Asteroid 2023 WW: Speed, size, distance, and more

As per the details, Asteroid 2023 WW is expected to pass Earth at a distance of approximately 2.9 million kilometers. It is already travelling towards Earth in its orbit at 30672 kilometers per hour which is even faster than Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs)!

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.

According to NASA, Asteroid 2023 WW has not passed Earth before and this will be its first-ever close approach. After today, it is not predicted to pass by the planet in the near future.

How big is it?

Asteroid 2023 WW is almost the size of an aircraft, with a width of nearly 130 feet. Despite this big size, it has not been classified as a Potentially Hazardous Object and is deemed non-threatening. However, it could change if the asteroid gets knocked off its course due to interaction with a planet's gravitational field.

Due to such close calls, NASA, ESA, and other space agencies have developed technology to track asteroids in their orbits, and even deflect them in case a potential impact scenario develops.

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First Published Date: 05 Dec, 15:02 IST
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