Asteroid hurtling towards Earth at blistering speed today! NASA clocks it at 36605 kmph

    Asteroid warning has been issued about the Asteroid 2022 XJ, which is expected to make a close approach to Earth today.

    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Dec 09 2022, 14:22 IST
    From 393 feet to 29 feet long asteroids; 5 space rocks set for close approaches with Earth
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    1/5 Asteroid 2022 WO10 - NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office has red-flagged an asteroid named Asteroid 2022 WO10 due to its extremely close approach to the planet. The 29-foot asteroid will make its closest approach to Earth today, December 8 at a distance of 1.9 million kilometers per hour and is already on its way travelling at a speed of nearly 17108 kilometers per hour, which is more than the speed of a hypersonic ballistic missile! (Pixabay)
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    2/5 Asteroid 2022 WP11 - An asteroid, named Asteroid 2022 WP11, is on its way towards Earth and will make a close approach tomorrow, December 9. What’s shocking is that the asteroid is humongous, with a width between 180 feet and 393 feet! The Asteroid 2022 WP11 is expected to make its closest approach to the planet at a distance of 4.5 million kilometers at a speed of 62352 kilometers per hour, as per NASA. (Pixabay)
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    3/5 Asteroid 2022 XJ – This asteroid, with a size ranging between 39 feet and 91 feet, will make its close trip to Earth tomorrow, December 9, at a distance of nearly 2.6 million kilometers. The asteroid, known as Asteroid 2022 XJ, is already rushing towards Earth, travelling at a speed of 36605 kilometers per hour. (Pixabay)
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    4/5 Asteroid 2022 WW – Another asteroid named Asteroid 2022 WW is heading for Earth and will make a close approach on December 10. This asteroid, with a size between 75 feet and 167 feet, is heading for Earth at a blistering speed of 22177 kilometers per hour. It will miss Earth at a distance of 7.3 million kilometers. (Pixabay)
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    5/5 Asteroid 2019 XY – This week’s fifth asteroid, with a size ranging between 22 feet and 52 feet, is named Asteroid 2019 XY and will be making its closest Earth approach on December 10. It will come as close as 804,170 kilometers, according to the information provided by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). The asteroid is also moving at a mind-numbing speed of 46387 kilometer per hour. (Pixabay)
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    Asteroid 2022 XJ is speeding towards Earth today. (Pixabay)

    Earth is being bombarded by various natural phenomena such as solar storms, solar flares, geomagnetic storms and more these past few months. These phenomena have been relentless with each of them potentially powerful enough to cause serious damage. Asteroids flybys have been a common occurrence too with more than 40 asteroids flying by Earth closely in the months of October and November. There is yet another cause to worry as NASA has revealed another asteroid is speeding towards the Earth today.

    Key details about Asteroid 2022 XJ

    NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office is responsible for monitoring the skies and keeping a watch on various Near-Earth Objects (NEOs). If any NEO is at risk of Earth impact, it red flags and issues the alert. The same organisation has issued an alert about an asteroid named Asteroid 2022 XJ which is headed straight for Earth today, December 9. According to NASA, the 51 feet wide asteroid will make its closest approach to the planet today at a distance of 2.6 million kilometers. It is hurtling towards Earth at a speed of 36605 kilometers per hour.

    According to the-sky.org, the Asteroid 2022 XJ belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids. It was discovered nearly a week ago on December 1. This asteroid takes 677 days to complete one trip around the Sun during which its maximum distance from the Sun is 317 million kilometers and nearest distance is 135 million kilometers.

    NASA technology study asteroids

    NASA not only uses its space telescopes and observatories like the NEOWISE to observe and study distant asteroids, but also a variety of ground-based telescopes such as the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) located in the Antofagasta Region of the Atacama Desert in Chile.

    NASA also has a new impact monitoring system in place which uses an algorithm called Sentry-II to calculate the impact risk of Near-Earth Objects. NASA can track the orbital path of the asteroid using this infrared data and can even predict its orbit years into the future.

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    First Published Date: 09 Dec, 12:43 IST
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