Colossal 110-foot asteroid hurtling towards Earth TODAY, NASA reveals

    An alert has been issued against a speeding asteroid by NASA which is set for close approach with Earth today. Know its speed, distance and more.
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    | Updated on: Dec 01 2022, 10:06 IST
    In Pics: From 252-foot to 12-foot, 5 dangerous asteroids set to pass Earth soon
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    1/5 Asteroid 2022 WM7 - This 12-foot asteroid will pass Earth at a distance that is even closer than the Moon! NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office has warned that the asteroid, named Asteroid 2022 WM7, will make its closest approach to Earth today, November 28, at a distance of just 78500 kilometers. (Pixabay)
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    2/5 Asteroid 2022 WS5 - A huge asteroid with a size ranging between 62 feet and 141 feet will fly past Earth by a very close margin tomorrow, November 29. The asteroid, named Asteroid 2022 WS5, will make its closest approach with the planet at a distance of 1.8 million kilometers. The asteroid is travelling towards the planet at a blistering speed of 42128 kilometers per hour! (Pixabay)
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    3/5 Asteroid 2022 VB2 – Another asteroid named 2022 VB2 will make its closest approach to Earth tomorrow, November 29, at a distance of 3.4 million kilometers. The asteroid, with a width between 78 feet and 177 feet, is travelling at a speed of 30395 kilometers per hour towards the planet! (Pixabay)
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    4/5 Asteroid 2022 WE5 - NASA has issued an alert against another asteroid named Asteroid 2022 WE5. This asteroid has a size ranging between 26 feet and 59 feet, and is expected to fly past Earth closely on November 30, at a distance of 1.5 million kilometers. The asteroid is already on its way towards Earth, travelling at a staggering speed of 30441 kilometers per hour. (Pixabay)
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    5/5 Asteroid 2022 WO7 - NASA has warned that an asteroid named Asteroid 2022 WO7 is heading for Earth and is expected to pass by the planet closely on November 30. Asteroid 2022 WO7 is already on its way towards us travelling at a staggering speed of 3754 kilometers per hour. The asteroid, with a width between 111 feet and 252 feet, will make its closest approach to Earth a distance of just 4.8 million kilometers. (Pixabay)
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    Know what NASA says about this dangerous asteroid. (NASA)

    Did you know that no less than 4 asteroids made close approaches to Earth yesterday! Now NASA has warned that another one is on its way, and it is a big one. This asteroid has huge destructive potential due to its sheer size and speed. To track such asteroids, NASA uses its repurposed NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer to work as a survey telescope and scan the sky for Near-Earth Objects. The space agency also uses its ground-based radar to gather precise data about the asteroid's path and its characteristics.

    Asteroid 2022 WS9 key details

    NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office has issued an alert against an asteroid named Asteroid 2022 WS9. The 110-foot wide asteroid, which is as big as a commercial aircraft, is expected to fly past Earth today, December 1, at a distance of 1.7 million kilometers. The asteroid is already on its way towards Earth, travelling at a staggering speed of 65235 kilometers per hour, which is much faster than a missile!

    According to the-sky.org, the Asteroid 2022 WS9 belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids. It was discovered just days ago on November 28. This asteroid takes 1655 days to complete one trip around the Sun during which its maximum distance from the Sun is 693 million kilometers and nearest distance is 126 million kilometers.

    NASA's programme to observe and categorize 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.

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    First Published Date: 01 Dec, 10:05 IST
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