Asteroid threat! Dangerous space rock speeding towards Earth today

    NASA warns of an asteroid threat looming over Earth. This space rock could come very close to the planet today!

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    | Updated on: Nov 02 2022, 11:01 IST
    Asteroid burst! NASA says 5 asteroids shooting hazardously towards Earth today
    1/6 Asteroids, which are monster rocks in space, travel around the Sun, but they can alter their paths due to a gravitational disturbance or some other force. One of these scary rocks is the Asteroid 2022 UF11, which measures just 25 feet in size, and is expected to come as close as 0.627 million miles. Which is just a bit too close for comfort. (Pixabay)
    2/6 NASA has warned that there is an aeroplane-sized asteroid named Asteroid 2022 UW10, which measures 67-foot in diameter. It will approach as close as 1 million miles towards Earth. (NASA)
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    3/6 Asteroid 2022 UO11 is a 57-foot wide asteroid that will make its closest approach towards Earth today at a speed of 31418 km per hour. As per the data released by NASA, it will be at a distance of 2.61 million miles from Earth. (Pixabay)
    4/6 Asteroid 2017 VD15 is 77-feet wide, aeroplane-sized, and is approaching the Earth today at 19202 kilometers per hour to make the closest approach of 3.34 million miles. (Pixabay)
    Asteroid and Earth
    5/6 The biggest monster rock of today is the Asteroid 2022 UP13 which measures 99-foot in size. Its closest approach to Earth today with a distance of 4.15 million miles. (Pixabay)
    6/6 All of these asteroids fall under the category of potentially hazardous asteroids as any near-Earth object that comes anywhere near Earth within a distance of 4.6 million miles is termed a potentially hazardous object by NASA. (Pixabay)
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    This asteroid could make its way towards Earth soon. (Pixabay)

    Yesterday witnessed mass asteroid flybys with as many as four asteroids making close approaches to Earth in one day. NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office is responsible for keeping an eye on the sky for rogue asteroids which could potentially threaten Earth. Now, NASA has warned that another massive asteroid is headed towards Earth. Although it is safe to say that people on Earth will remain unharmed as it is expected to pass by Earth at a safe distance, it has still been classified as a Potentially Hazardous Object.

    Asteroid 2022 UU21 details

    Asteroid 2022 UU21 belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. This group of near-Earth asteroids are named after the humongous 1862 Apollo asteroid, discovered by German astronomer Karl Reinmuth in the 1930s.

    The asteroid is hurtling dangerously towards Earth and is set to make its closest approach to the planet today, November 2, at a close distance of 1.5 million kilometers. According to NASA, the asteroid is already on its way towards Earth travelling at a staggering speed of 35676 kilometers per hour, which is even faster than the recently crashed DART spacecraft which crashed into its target asteroid Dimorphos at 24000 kilometers per hour.

    However, there is no cause for concern as no major asteroid impact is expected for at least next 100 years, according to Davide Farnocchia of NASA's Near-Earth Object Studies Center. So, people will be relieved to know that none of the close-approaching space rocks will be any potentially “world-ending” asteroids.

    According to Davide Farnocchia of NASA's Near-Earth Object Studies Center, “A 2068 impact is not in the realm of possibility anymore, and our calculations don't show any impact risk for at least the next 100 years.

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    First Published Date: 02 Nov, 10:24 IST
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