Asteroid today: Look out! This 150-foot huge space rock to fly past Earth today

    NASA has warned that a colossal asteroid is heading straight for Earth today. Will it cause any damage?

    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Nov 02 2022, 16:34 IST
    Asteroid burst! NASA says 5 asteroids shooting hazardously towards Earth today
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    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)
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    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)
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    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)
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    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)
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    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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    Know what NASA said about this colossal asteroid. (Pixabay)

    Did you know that asteroids have been responsible for some of the biggest events in history. There have been many incidents in the past which have changed the course of life on the planet. From the Chelyabinsk disaster that claimed many lives to the meteor which caused the extinction of dinosaurs millions of years ago, whenever meteors have crashed on Earth, they have impacted lives. The Planetary Defense Coordination Office is responsible for monitoring the skies and keeping a watch on various Near-Earth Objects (NEOs). If any NEO comes within 8 million kilometers of Earth, the organization red flags the NEO and issues an alert.

    Asteroid 2022 UZ5 details

    Asteroid 2022 UZ5 is expected to make its closest approach to Earth today, November 2. The asteroid is colossal with a width of 150 feet, making it one of the largest asteroids to fly by Earth this month! Asteroid 2022 UZ5 is expected to miss the planet at a distance of just 1.7 million kilometers travelling at a speed of approximately 33840 kilometers per hour. This asteroid has huge destructive potential due to its sheer size and speed and could potentially cause mass destruction if it deviates slightly from its path.

    According to the-sky.org, the Asteroid 2022 UZ5 belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids. It was discovered recently on October 18 this year. This asteroid takes just 303 days to complete one trip around the Sun during which its maximum distance from the Sun is 421 million kilometers and nearest distance is 139 million kilometers.

    What is NASA doing to find potentially hazardous asteroids?

    NASA has established a Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO), managed in the Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The PDCO ensures the early detection of potentially hazardous objects (PHOs) - asteroids and comets whose orbits are predicted to bring them within 0.05 Astronomical Units of Earth (5 million miles or 8 million kilometers) and of a size large enough to reach Earth's surface - that is, greater than approximately 30 to 50 meters.

    NASA tracks and characterizes these objects and issues warnings about potential impacts, providing timely and accurate information. NASA also leads the coordination of U.S. Government planning for response to an actual impact threat.

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    First Published Date: 02 Nov, 16:34 IST
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