Asteroid warning on Valentine's Day! 110-foot asteroid to make dangerous flyby

NASA has warned that a huge aircraft-sized asteroid could pay a close visit to Earth today. Check out the details here.

| Updated on: Feb 14 2023, 10:05 IST
Colossal 2400-foot asteroid, 4 other space rocks to buzz Earth soon
1/5 Asteroid 2023 BC8 - NASA has issued an alert against an asteroid named Asteroid 2023 BC8. The asteroid is expected to fly past Earth closely tomorrow, February 11, at a distance of 5 .9million kilometers. According to NASA, the asteroid is huge with a size of almost 160-foot across. This space rock is already on its way towards Earth, travelling at a staggering speed of 50564 kilometers per hour.  (NASA)
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2/5 Asteroid 2021 EP4 - A small 16 feet wide asteroid will fly past Earth by a very close margin on February 13. The asteroid, named Asteroid 2021 EP4, will make its closest approach with the planet at a distance of 7.2 million kilometers. The asteroid is travelling towards the planet at a blistering speed of 22107 kilometers per hour.  (NASA/JPL)
3/5 Asteroid 2022 RG – Another asteroid named 2022 RG will make its closest approach to Earth on February 16, at a distance of 3.1 million kilometers. The asteroid, with a width of 78 feet, is travelling at a staggering speed of 10953 kilometers per hour towards the planet.  (Wikimedia Commons)
4/5 Asteroid 2005 YY128 - NASA has issued an alert against another asteroid named Asteroid 2005 YY128. It is expected to fly past Earth closely on February 16 at a distance of 4.6 million kilometers. The asteroid is already on its way towards Earth, travelling at a blistering speed of 88735 kilometers per hour. This asteroid is absolutely massive with a width of almost 2400 feet, making it nearly as big as a bridge!  (Pixabay)
5/5 Asteroid 2020 DG4 - The fifth asteroid which is set to make a close approach is named Asteroid 2020 DG4. It is heading for Earth and is expected to pass by the planet closely on February 17. Asteroid 2020 DG4 is already on its way towards us travelling at a fearsome speed of 24913 kilometers per hour. The asteroid, with a width between 20 feet and 45 feet, will make its closest approach to Earth at a distance of just 552,381 kilometers. (Pixabay)
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Know this huge asteroid’s trajectory, speed and more. (Pixabay)

As many as 5 asteroids are set to pass by Earth extremely closely today, NASA has warned. As these space rocks revolve around the Sun in their elliptical orbits, the asteroids also rotate, sometimes quite erratically, tumbling as they go. Colossal asteroids have been responsible for some of the biggest events in history. From the Chelyabinsk disaster that caused damages worth millions and many casualties to the asteroid which caused the extinction of dinosaurs nearly 65 million of years ago, asteroids have impacted lives whenever they have crashed on Earth.

NASA has warned that an asteroid is on its way today and although it is not expected to be a planet-killing asteroid, it can still cause major damage if it impacts. Here are the details, as per NASA.

Asteroid 2023 CP details

An asteroid named Asteroid 2023 CP is already on its way towards Earth travelling at a staggering speed of 12337 kilometers per hour and is expected to just miss the planet today, February 14. It will make its closest approach to Earth at a distance of 6.5 million kilometers, according to NASA.

NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office has warned that Asteroid 2023 CP is colossal in size with a width of 110 feet, meaning it's nearly the size of a commercial aircraft.

NASA's asteroid tracking tech

NASA tracks asteroids using a combination of ground-based and space-based telescopes. The NASA-funded Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS), scans the night sky for moving objects and reports any potential asteroid detections, while some space-based observatories use infrared sensors to detect asteroids and their characteristics. Some of these include the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and the NEOWISE mission.

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First Published Date: 14 Feb, 10:05 IST