Asteroid 2023 GV1 set for close approach! NASA reveals speed, distance and more | Tech News

Asteroid 2023 GV1 set for close approach! NASA reveals speed, distance and more

NASA has warned that an aircraft-sized asteroid could make a close visit to Earth today. Check out the details here.

By: HT TECH
| Updated on: Apr 19 2023, 11:02 IST
Asteroid alert! NASA reveals 5 space rocks speeding towards Earth TODAY
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1/5 Asteroid 2023 GM1 – Asteroid 2023 GM1, which is 38 feet wide, will make its closest approach to Earth today, April 17. The asteroid is already rushing towards Earth at a speed of 22981 kilometers per hour and will miss the planet by a distance of just 839,000 kilometers. (Pixabay)
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2/5 Asteroid 2023 GU – Another asteroid named Asteroid 2023 GU is heading for Earth and will make a close approach today, April 17. This asteroid, with a width between 75 feet and 167 feet, is heading for Earth at a blistering speed of 40182 kilometers per hour. It will miss Earth at a distance of 4.1 million kilometers. (WikiMedia Commons)
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3/5 Asteroid 2023 GM– Asteroid 2023 GM, which is almost 350 feet wide, is heading for Earth and will make a close approach today, April 17. This asteroid is heading for Earth at a fearsome speed of 72312 kilometers per hour. It will miss Earth at a close distance of 3.2 million kilometers. (Pixabay)
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4/5 Asteroid 2023 HB – Asteroid 2023 HB will make its closest approach to Earth today, April 17. It is tiny is size with a width of between 9.4 feet, as per NASA. The asteroid will come closer than the Moon, making its closest approach at just 195,000 kilometers and is already moving at a fiery speed of 44087 kilometers per hour. (Pixabay)
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5/5 Asteroid 2022 GO – The fifth asteroid, with a width of between 72 feet and 160 feet, is named Asteroid 2022 GO and will be making its closest Earth approach today, April 17. It will come as close as 7 million kilometers, according to NASA. The asteroid is moving at a staggering speed of 24060 kilometers per hour. (Pixabay)
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Asteroid 2023 GV1 belongs to the Amor group of asteroids. (Pixabay)

NASA has revealed that as many as 5 asteroids made close approaches with Earth yesterday. Although these space rocks pass Earth at a relatively safe distance without causing any harm, there is no guarantee that no asteroid will ever strike Earth. If history has taught us anything, nothing in life is certain. That turned out to be true especially for people of Russia as an asteroid strike on Earth was reported in the city of Chelyabinsk on February 15, 2013. It recorded a 59 feet wide asteroid exploding over the city which left nearly 8000 buildings damaged and over 1000 people injured.

NASA has warned that an asteroid is on its way today and although it is not expected to be a planet-killing asteroid, it can still cause major damage if it impacts, just like it did in Chelyabinsk. Here are the details, as per NASA.

Asteroid 2023 GV1 details

An asteroid named Asteroid 2023 GV1 is already on its way towards Earth travelling at a staggering speed of 12972 kilometers per hour and is expected to just miss the planet today, April 19. It will make its closest approach to Earth at a distance of 6.7 million kilometers, according to NASA.

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Asteroid 2023 GV1 belongs to the Amor group of asteroids which are Earth-approaching near-Earth asteroids with orbits exterior to Earth's but interior to Mars', named after asteroid 1221 Amor.

NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office has warned that Asteroid 2023 GV1 is similar in size to the Chelyabinsk asteroid, with a width between 55 feet and 124 feet, meaning it's nearly the size of a commercial aircraft and could potentially cause similar damage if it impacts the surface.

NASA's asteroid tracking tech

NASA tracks asteroids using a combination of ground-based and space-based telescopes. The NASA-funded Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS), scans the night sky for moving objects and reports any potential asteroid detections, while some space-based observatories use infrared sensors to detect asteroids and their characteristics. Some of these include the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and the NEOWISE mission.

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First Published Date: 19 Apr, 10:22 IST
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