Colossal 328-foot asteroid hurtling towards Earth, NASA says! Danger looming?

    An asteroid is heading straight for Earth and it is huge! NASA has revealed its speed and distance of close approach with Earth.
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    | Updated on: Nov 09 2022, 11:44 IST
    Danger! Colossal 203-foot asteroid set to buzz Earth today at very close quarter, NASA says
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    1/5 Although most asteroids are found in a belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter called the asteroid belt, some have made their way towards Earth in the past. Some of these space rocks have even caused a major impact and even triggered an extinction-level event. NASA has now warned that another one is on its way. (Pixabay)
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    2/5 Although Earth is bombarded with asteroid flybys all year, none are potentially world-ending asteroids. That could change with a slight deflection in the asteroid’s trajectory due to interaction with Earth’s gravitational field which could send it tumbling towards it. (Pixabay)
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    3/5 NASA has warned that an asteroid is on its way towards Earth today. The asteroid, named Asteroid 2022 UC5, will make its closest approach to the planet today, November 8, at a distance of just 2.3 million kilometers. This space rock is colossal in size with a width ranging anywhere between 91 feet and 203 feet. It is already speeding towards Earth at nearly 46548 kilometers per hour! (Pixabay)
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    4/5 Worryingly, this is a newly found asteroid.According to the-sky.org, Asteroid 2022 UC5 was discovered on October 18. The asteroid belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids, which are a group of near-Earth asteroids named after the humongous 1862 Apollo asteroid, discovered by German astronomer Karl Reinmuth in the 1930s. The asteroid takes 1496 days to orbit the Sun during which its maximum distance from the Sun is 635 million kilometers and minimum distance is 131 million kilometers. (Pixabay)
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    5/5 NASA keeps a watch on these asteroids by studying data collected by various telescopes and observatories such as the Pan-STARRS, the Catalina Sky Survey and the NEOWISE telescope. NASA also has a NEO Surveyor mission planned for launch in 2026 to gain even greater in-depth data using a new orbiter. NASA can track the orbital path of the asteroid using this infrared data and can even predict its orbit years into the future. (NASA)
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    This colossal asteroid is heading for Earth tomorrow! (Pixabay)

    Amidst many smaller asteroids passing by Earth at close proximity these past couple of months, NASA has issued a warning that a colossal asteroid is dangerously heading for our planet. This asteroid, named Asteroid 2019 XS is colossal in size. Could the asteroid impact the planet and cause catastrophic destruction? Or will it just miss the planet by enough distance? Here's what NASA has to say.

    Key details about Asteroid 2019 XS

    Asteroid 2019 XS is already on its way towards Earth travelling at a staggering speed of 42727 kilometers per hour and will just miss the planet tomorrow, November 10. It will make its closest approach to Earth at a distance of 6.4 million kilometers, according to NASA. NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office has warned that Asteroid 2019 XS is colossal in size, ranging anywhere between 147 feet and 328 feet, which is even bigger than an Airbus A380, the largest commercial aircraft in the world!

    According to the-sky.org, the Asteroid 2019 XS was discovered way back on April 4, 2000. It belongs to the main Apollo group of asteroids, which are a group of Near-Earth asteroids named after the humongous 1862 Apollo asteroid, discovered by German astronomer Karl Reinmuth in the 1930s.

    The Asteroid 2019 XS takes just 368 days to orbit the Sun during which its maximum distance from the Sun is 199 million kilometers and minimum distance is 101 million kilometers.

    Did you know?

    NASA has a mission in place to study the rising solar activity of the Sun. NASA's SunRISE mission, which stands for the Sun Radio Interferometer Space Experiment, is an upcoming mission expected to launch in 2024 to study and pinpoint how giant bursts of energetic particles originate from the Sun and evolve as they expand outward into space.

    The mission will observe low radio frequency emissions to better understand the generation of Solar Storms as well as other explosive space events. This research will help scientists forecast space weather, improve our understanding of how our Sun works, and may apply to studies of other stars.

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    First Published Date: 09 Nov, 11:24 IST
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