Asteroid 2023 JL hurtling towards Earth for very close approach; Know details | Tech News

Asteroid 2023 JL hurtling towards Earth for very close approach; Know details

An asteroid is on its way towards Earth, travelling at a fearsome speed and it could make its closest approach to the planet today. Check out its speed, distance and other details, as revealed by NASA.

By: HT TECH
| Updated on: May 11 2023, 10:03 IST
DANGER! Two asteroids larger than 250-foot on their way to Earth along with 3 others
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1/5 Asteroid 2023 HT6: It is an airplane sized asteroid of 67 foot and is travelling towards Earth at a speed of 33012 kilometers per hour. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has alerted about the same and has informed that it will make its closest approach to planet Earth on Sunday, May 7, at a distance of 1.23 million kilometers. (Pixabay)
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2/5 Asteroid 2023 HP1: It is another asteroid that will be zooming towards our planet on Sunday, May 7. NASA has informed that this 290 foot, building sized asteroid will make the closest Earth approach at a distance of 1.63 million kilometers and is travelling at a staggering speed of 41868 kilometers per hour. (Pixabay)
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3/5 Asteroid 2023 HG1: Zooming towards Earth on May 9, NASA has warned that this 60 foot house sized asteroid named 2023 HG1 is travelling at a speed of 8496 kilometers per hour. This giant asteroid will make its closest approach to Earth at a distance of 4.16 million kilometers per hour. (Pixabay)
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4/5 Asteroid 2023 HT4: This 250 foot, building sized gigantic asteroid will be nearing planet Earth on May 12, 2023. This asteroid will make its closest approach to the planet at a distance of 6.08 million kilometers at a high speed of 32184 kilometers per hour. (Pixabay)
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5/5 Asteroid 2021 JK7: This 150 foot asteroid will make its closest Earth approach at a distance of 6.38 million kilometers. The asteroid is travelling at a mind numbing speed of 82332 kilometers per hour and is said to pass by the planet without posing any kind of threat or danger. (Pixabay)
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Asteroid 2023 JL belongs to the Apollo group of Near-Earth Asteroids. (Pixabay)

Every day, asteroids come close to Earth, but how is it possible to observe and track these space rocks which are millions of kilometers away in space? NASA uses telescopes, such as Pans-STARRS1 in Maui, Hawaii, and Catalina Sky Survey near Tucson, Arizona, to detect near-Earth objects like asteroids and comets. Additionally, NEOWISE, NASA's space-based observatory, has identified hundreds of asteroids by scanning the skies with near-infrared wavelengths of light from its orbit around Earth's poles.

To collect accurate information about an asteroid's trajectory and attributes, NASA employs its ground-based radar. NASA, with the help of this advanced technology, has recently discovered another asteroid that could potentially come close to Earth today.

Asteroid 2023 JL information

NASA has issued a warning about a particular asteroid called Asteroid 2023 JL, as it will be approaching very close to Earth. The asteroid is currently traveling at a speed of almost 44262 kilometers per hour and is set to make its closest approach to Earth today, March 11, at a distance of just 626,000 kilometers!

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Despite the extremely close distance of approach, this asteroid is not a planet-killer due to its very small size. Measuring around 31 feet across, it is just as big as a bus. It belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids which are Earth-crossing space rocks with semi-major axes larger than Earth's.

Close approach of asteroid Apophis

NASA and other space agencies have kept a watchful eye on a particular asteroid which was previously expected to impact Earth. Although it has now been determined that the asteroid will not crash to the planet's surface, it will make an extremely close approach this decade, giving scientists a chance to study it.

This asteroid is named 99942 Apophis and has been given the designation Asteroid 2004 MN4 by NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies. According to NASA, the Asteroid 99942 Apophis asteroid will make an extremely close trip to Earth on April 13, 2029. On that day, this space rock will come as close as 38000 kilometers of Earth's surface. This is closer than many geostationary satellites orbiting the planet.

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First Published Date: 11 May, 10:02 IST
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