Asteroid 2023 HX1 speeding towards Earth at a fiery 38126 kmph

NASA has issued an alert against Asteroid 2023 HX1 which is expected to make its closest approach to Earth today. Further details such as its speed, distance, and other characteristics have been revealed by the space agency.

| Updated on: Apr 21 2023, 10:06 IST
NASA Alert! 5 asteroids zooming towards Earth, including one that is 250 foot wide
1/6 While some asteroids can be detected by NASA's astronomers, others can unexpectedly hit Earth without being detected. Any asteroid that comes within 4.6 million miles or 7.5 million kilometres of Earth, or measures larger than approximately 150 meters, is considered a potentially hazardous object and is flagged by NASA. (Pixabay)
2/6 Now, NASA has red-flagged an asteroid, named Asteroid 2022 UF4, which is dangerously heading for Earth today, October 27. NASA has warned that Asteroid 2022 UF4 is nearly 140 feet wide, which is nearly the size of a commercial aircraft. (Pixabay)
3/6 There is a double asteroid attack today! Another 110-foot asteroid 2023 FT1 will come around 4.64 million miles to Earth. Moreover, it will be hurtling toward Earth at a speed of 23790 km per hour. (Pixabay)
4/6 On April 11, there is a giant airplane-sized asteroid named 2023 GG which is zooming towards Earth at a blistering speed of 38102 km per hour, CNEOS data mentioned. It is a 250-foot-wide asteroid that will come as close as 0.946 million miles to the Earth. (Pixabay)
5/6 Now, NASA has spotted five giant monster rocks approaching Earth. One of which is dubbed as 2023 FG5 which is 77-foot wide and will make the closest approach of 2.26 million miles from Earth today. (Wikimedia Commons)
6/6 However, the closest of them all is a 66-foot wide Asteroid 2023 FS10 which is hurtling towards at a velocity of 27376 kmph to come as close as just 0.665 million miles to Earth.   (Pixabay)
View all Images
Asteroid 2023 HX1 belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids. (Pixabay)

A planet-ending celestial object strikes the Earth every few million years. But an asteroid doesn't have to be hundreds of kilometers wide to cause substantial damage. For example, the asteroid that exploded over the city of Chelyabinsk on 15 February 2013 was just 59 feet wide. However, it caused significant damage to life and property and left nearly 8000 buildings damaged and over 1000 people injured.

NASA has now issued an alert against an asteroid with a size similar to the Chelyabinsk asteroid, and it is expected to make its closest approach to Earth today.

Asteroid 2023 HX1 details

Asteroid 2023 HX1 is currently heading towards Earth and is projected to narrowly avoid colliding with the planet today, April 21. NASA estimates that it will come closest to Earth at a distance of just 3 million kilometers and is currently travelling at a terrifying speed of 38126 kilometers per hour.

The Planetary Defense Coordination Office at NASA has cautioned that Asteroid 2023 HX1 is relatively smaller than other asteroids that frequently pass Earth, measuring nearly 36 feet across, which is comparable to the size of a bus. It belongs to the Apollo group of Near-Earth Asteroids (NEAs), according to NASA.

The Chelyabinsk Incident

When the asteroid over the city of Chelyabinsk exploded, it caused the space rock to break down into small rocks which rained on the city. Glass shards from broken windows injured people and others reported eye damage from the excessively bright spark. The Chelyabinsk event not only caused millions in damage, but it was a wake-up call too.

This event became a pivotal moment for humans to recognize the terrifying threat that floated above them. It showed the need for better study and tracking of asteroids and other celestial objects and led to the formation of various organizations which monitor Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) for potential impact.

Follow HT Tech for the latest tech news and reviews , also keep up with us on Twitter, Facebook, Google News, and Instagram. For our latest videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

First Published Date: 21 Apr, 10:05 IST
keep up with tech