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Asteroid 2023 DJ1 coming towards Earth; Bus-sized rock clocked at 22392 kmph

NASA expects a bus-sized asteroid to make a very close approach with Earth as soon as today. Know its distance, trajectory, speed and other details.

By: HT TECH
| Updated on: Mar 01 2023, 10:06 IST
Impending danger! NASA reveals 5 asteroids heading for Earth
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1/6 Asteroid 2023 DK – NASA has red-flagged an asteroid named Asteroid 2023 DK due to its extremely close approach to the planet. The 29 feet wide asteroid will make its closest approach to Earth tomorrow, February 25, at a distance of 2.5 million kilometers and is already on its way travelling at a speed of nearly 14540 kilometers per hour. (Pixabay)
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2/6 Asteroid 2023 CG1 - An asteroid called Asteroid 2023 CG1 is currently heading towards Earth and is anticipated to pass closely by the planet tomorrow, February 25. NASA has approximated the asteroid to be 99 feet wide. The asteroid is already hurtling towards Earth at a rapid speed of 23331 kilometers per hour. The asteroid's closest approach to Earth will occur at a distance of 5.8 million kilometers.  (Pixabay)
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3/6 Asteroid 2023 DA – NASA has alerted that a 57 feet wide asteroid will make its approach to Earth on February 26, at a distance of just 1 million kilometers. The asteroid, known as Asteroid 2023 DA, is already rushing towards Earth, travelling at a speed of 21146 kilometers per hour.  (Wikimedia Commons)
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4/6 Asteroid 2023 CX2 – Another asteroid named Asteroid 2023 CX2 is heading for Earth and will make a close approach on February 27. This asteroid, with a width of 35 feet, is heading for Earth at a blistering speed of 8247 kilometers per hour. It will miss Earth at an extremely close distance of 2.9 million kilometers.  (Pixabay)
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5/6 Asteroid 2023 CC2 – The fifth asteroid, with a size ranging between 75 feet and 170 feet, is named Asteroid 2023 CC2 and will be making its closest Earth approach on February 27. It will come as close as 6.2 million kilometers, according to NASA. The asteroid is moving at a breakneck speed of 18232 kilometers per hour.  (Pixabay)
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6/6 How are Asteroids named? According to ESA, the process of assigning a provisional designation to an asteroid begins when a single observer detects it on two consecutive nights and then sends their findings to the Minor Planet Centre of the International Astronomical Union (IAU). The IAU assigns a provisional designation, which typically consists of a serial number like "1992 KD". The provisional designation includes the year of the asteroid's discovery, followed by two letters that indicate the order of its discovery during that year. (NASA/JPL)
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Asteroid 2023 DJ1 belongs to the Aten group of asteroids. (Pixabay)

Nearly 65 million years ago, a single asteroid is believed to have caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. Despite the devastation caused by the impact, the Earth survived. However, this does not mean that the Earth is asteroid-proof, as a collision with a very big one may well result in the extinction of all life on the planet. The Earth's gravitational force attracts asteroids, meteors and other celestial objects towards it, resulting in surface impacts. NASA and other space agencies are responsible for monitoring these Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) using telescopes both on the ground and in space.

With its advanced tech, NASA has now issued an alert against an asteroid that is set to make a close approach with Earth today, March 1.

Asteroid 2023 DJ1 details

NASA has warned that Asteroid 2023 DJ1 is on its way towards Earth today, March 1, travelling at a staggering speed of 22392 kilometers per hour. It will make its closest approach to the planet at a distance of just 1 million kilometers. According to NASA, Asteroid 2023 DJ1 is not nearly as big as other asteroids which pass Earth closely. It is estimated to be about 25 feet wide, making it as big as a bus.

According to the-sky.org, Asteroid 2023 DJ1 orbits the Sun in around 209 days. During this trip, its farthest point from the Sun is at 157 million kilometers and its nearest point is 111 million kilometers.

Did you know?

One asteroid that NASA is studying up close, called Bennu, has a 1/2700 chance of impacting Earth between 2175 and 2195. The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will complete a 2-year investigation of Bennu before plucking a sample of asteroid material off its surface and delivering it back to Earth. Along with collecting a sample, OSIRIS-REx will also be studying how light absorbed from the Sun and re-radiated by Bennu affects its orbit—and consequently, how that orbit could become more dangerous for Earth.

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First Published Date: 01 Mar, 10:03 IST
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