Asteroid threat looms over Earth today, says NASA

    NASA has warned that a hazardous asteroid is hurtling towards Earth at a high speed. Does it pose any threat to the planet?

    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Oct 26 2022, 09:54 IST
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    1/5 Asteroid 2022 UC7 - NASA has warned that Asteroid 2022 UC7 is on its way towards Earth travelling at a staggering speed of 35676 kilometers per hour. It will make its closest approach to the planet today, October 24, at a distance of just 348000 kilometers. That is nearly as close to the planet as the Moon! According to NASA, Asteroid 2022 UC7 is almost the size of a bus with a width of nearly 32 feet. (NASA/JPL)
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    2/5 Asteroid 2022 UD7 - A huge asteroid with a width of nearly 72 feet will fly past Earth by a very close margin today, October 24. The asteroid, named Asteroid 2022 UD7, will make its closest approach with the planet at a distance of 1.2 million kilometers. The asteroid is travelling towards the planet at a blistering speed of 51840 kilometers per hour! (Pixabay)
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    3/5 Asteroid 2022 UH2 – Another asteroid named 2022 UH2 will make its closest approach to Earth on October 24 at a distance of 2.1 million kilometers. The asteroid, with a width of nearly 35 feet, is travelling at a speed of 42876 kilometers per hour towards the planet! (Pixabay)
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    4/5 Asteroid 2005 AZ28 - NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office has issued an alert against an asteroid named Asteroid 2005 AZ28. The 150 feet wide asteroid is expected to come very close to Earth today, October 24, as near as 4.3 million kilometers. The asteroid is travelling at a staggering speed of 19476 kilometers per hour. (Pixabay)
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    5/5 Asteroid 2022 UC2 - NASA has warned that an asteroid named Asteroid 2022 UC2 is heading for Earth and is expected to pass by the planet closely on October 24. Asteroid 2022 UA is already on its way towards us travelling at a staggering speed of 28944 kilometers per hour. The asteroid will make its closest approach to Earth today at a distance of just 5.3 million kilometers. (Pixabay)
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    Know more about this dangerous asteroid hurtling towards Earth. (Pixabay)

    Asteroid flybys have been a common theme these past few months with more than 35 asteroids passing by Earth closely in the months of August and September. It seems like October is all set to surpass that figure as 35 space rocks have already sped past the planet. Although most of these asteroids pass by Earth relatively safely, some of them do come too close for comfort as did one just the other day when it came almost as close the moon, they could cause major damage on the planet if these space rocks deviated from their trajectory. NASA has now warned that a hazardous asteroid is hurtling towards Earth today.

    Asteroid 2022 UU1 key details

    NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office has red-flagged an asteroid named Asteroid 2022 UU1 due to its extremely close approach to the planet. The asteroid will make its closest approach to Earth today, October 26 at a distance of 4.1 million kilometers per hour. It is already on its way towards the planet travelling at a speed of nearly 25848 kilometers per hour!

    According to the-sky.org, the Asteroid 2022 UU1 belongs to the Amor group of asteroids. It was discovered as recently as on October 18. This asteroid takes 1372 days to complete one trip around the Sun during which its maximum distance from the Sun is 571 million kilometers and nearest distance is 152 million kilometers.

    Did you know?

    In research published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, MIT scientists have developed a new method to study the internal structure of asteroids based on how its spin changes when it makes a close approach with a huge celestial object, like a planet. This will help in understanding the internal structure of the asteroid as well as the weight distribution, which could help in future DART Missions.

    The team of MIT scientists look to apply this research on the Near-Earth Asteroid Apophis. Although this asteroid is not expected to impact Eart, a slight deviation in its trajectory could send it hurtling towards the planet.

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    First Published Date: 26 Oct, 09:53 IST
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