Asteroid big as a bus coming towards Earth today! Blitzing its way at 24959 kmph

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    | Updated on: Dec 04 2022, 20:23 IST
    Asteroid HORROR! From 32 to 600 foot wide - 5 asteroids zooming towards Earth today
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    1/6 Some asteroids come as undetected out of nowhere to hit Earth while others can be detected by NASA's astronomers. NASA flags any asteroid that comes within 4.6 million miles or 7.5 million kilometres of Earth, or if it measures larger than about 150 meters is said to be a potentially hazardous object. (Pixabay)
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    2/6 Now, NASA has spotted five giant monster rocks approaching Earth today, which pose a great risk to our planet. One of which is dubbed as 2010 VQ which is 32-foot wide and will make the closest approach of 2.69 million miles from Earth. (Pixabay)
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    3/6 One of these five upcoming asteroids today measures 40-foot and is named asteroid 2022 WR9. NASA's JPL informed that it will come dangerously close, around 1.71 million miles to Earth. Moreover, it will be hurtling toward Earth at a speed of 46687 km per hour. (Pixabay)
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    4/6 There is another airplane-sized asteroid named 2022 WD2 which is zooming towards Earth at a blistering speed of 26465 km per hour, CNEOS data mentioned. It is a 78-foot-wide asteroid that will come as close as 1.75 million miles to the Earth. (Pixabay)
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    5/6 Asteroid 2022 WG9, which measures 100-foot in size, is ready to make the closest approach at 2.98 million miles at a speed of 38344 km per hour. (Pixabay)
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    6/6 However, the biggest of them all is a whopping 600-foot wide Asteroid 2017 QL33 which is hurtling towards at a fiery speed of 24853 kmph. (Pixabay)
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    A small but potentially hazardous asteroid is approaching at a speed of 24959 kmph. (AFP)

    An asteroid coming towards Earth has been dubbed as potentially hazardous by the US space agency NASA. While a huge number of asteroids pass far away from Earth, there are many which come too close to the planet and these are then dubbed as being hazardous objects. The entire process is decided by the size of the asteroid as well as the close approach to Earth and that is what has happened to the asteroid today.

    To determine the potential threat from an asteroid or near-Earth object, NASA keeps a close eye on all the upcoming objects such as asteroids and even comets. Now, asteroid 2022 XD has been spotted approaching the Earth. It is 40-foot asteroid, but it will make a terrifyingly close approach of just 0.842 million miles! NASA says that any asteroid that approaches within 4.6 million miles or 7.5 million kilometers of Earth will be marked as a potentially hazardous object.

    The asteroid is also moving at an astonishing velocity of 24959 km per hour.

    How NASA tracks these asteroids

    Some of the best technologies of NASA help to track these dangerous asteroids. While using optical and radio telescopes, NASA determines the size, shape, rotation, and physical composition of asteroids. Moreover, with the help of planetary radar, performed by radio telescopes at NASA's Deep Space Network and the National Science Foundation's Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, detailed characterisation data of the asteroids are made possible.

    How NASA plans to keep the Earth safe from these asteroids

    NASA has recently successfully concluded its Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) Mission by striking a spacecraft against a non-hazardous asteroid. It successfully managed to change the course of the asteroid. The learnings from the mission will be used to protect Earth from dangerous asteroids that are likely to collide with our planet. This was the world's first mission to deflect an asteroid in space.

     

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    First Published Date: 04 Dec, 20:22 IST
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