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Apollo group asteroid to pass Earth soon, says NASA; Know how big it is and how close it will get

NASA has tracked an Apollo group asteroid in its orbit which will bring it close to Earth tomorrow, December 28. Know details such as its speed, size, distance of approach, and more.

| Updated on: Dec 27 2023, 10:44 IST
5 asteroids set to pass Earth soon, reveals NASA; Know details of close encounter
1/5 Asteroid 2023 XO7 - The first asteroid to pass Earth today, December 26, is designated Asteroid 2023 XO7. During its approach, it will come as close as 2.4 million kilometers to the planet. According to NASA, the space rock is 72 feet wide and is travelling at a speed of almost 24182 kilometers per hour. (Pixabay)
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2/5 Asteroid 2023 YD – The second asteroid on its way is designated Asteroid 2023 YD, and it will pass by Earth on December 28. According to NASA, this space rock has a staggering width of 91 feet. Its orbit will take it almost as close as 605,000 kilometers to the planet’s surface while moving at a speed of 35790 kilometers per hour. (Pixabay)
3/5 Asteroid 2023 YZ – Asteroid 2023 YZ will also pass by Earth on December 29. During its close approach, it will come as close as 3.8 million kilometers to the planet’s surface. With a width of nearly 90 feet, the space rock is speeding towards Earth at 20199 kilometers per hour. (WikiMedia Commons)
4/5 Asteroid 2023 YM – Yet another space rock named Asteroid 2023 YM will pass Earth on December 30. In terms of size, the asteroid is almost 120 feet wide. As per NASA, it will come as close as 3.8 million kilometers and is already moving at a speed of 44491 kilometers per hour. (Pixabay)
5/5 Asteroid 2023 XE12 – Asteroid 2023 XE12, with a width of nearly 130 feet, will pass Earth on December 31. According to NASA, this asteroid is travelling at almost 42386 kilometers per hour and will pass the planet at a distance of 5.6 million kilometers. (Pixabay)
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Asteroid 2023 YD belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids, says NASA. (WikiMedia Commons)

Asteroids are mostly located in the main asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter in our solar system. However, their orbits bring them close to Earth on some occasions, potentially raising the possibility of impact. These close calls with asteroids highlight the importance of continued technological development in asteroid detection and monitoring programs such as NASA's DART test. This will help to ensure the safety of our planet from the potential impact of these space rocks. With the help of its advanced ground and space-based telescopes, NASA has tracked an asteroid whose orbit will bring it very close to Earth tomorrow, December 28. Know all about this close encounter.

Asteroid 2023 YD: Details

As per the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), an asteroid, given the designation of Asteroid 2023 YD, is on its way toward Earth and could make its closest approach to the planet tomorrow. This near-Earth space rock is expected to pass Earth today at a close distance of just 605,000 kilometers. It is already hurtling in its orbit at a speed of about 35784 kilometers per hour, which is much faster than Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs)!

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, according to NASA.

How big is the asteroid?

In terms of size, Asteroid 2023 YD is nearly 92 feet wide, which makes it almost as big as an aircraft! Despite being much bigger than the Chelyabinsk asteroid which caused damage on Earth in 2013, this space rock isn't big enough to be classified as a Potentially Hazardous Object and is not expected to cause any damage on Earth.

How do asteroids come close to Earth?

NASA says that the orbits of asteroids can be changed by Jupiter's massive gravity and by occasional close encounters with planets like Mars or other objects. These accidental encounters can knock asteroids out of the main belt and hurl them into space in all directions across the orbits of the other planets.

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First Published Date: 27 Dec, 10:44 IST