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Earth facing danger from a skyscraper-sized asteroid! Close approach today

A monstrous 420-foot asteroid could make a close approach to Earth as soon as today, NASA has revealed.

By: HT TECH
| Updated on: Jan 16 2023, 07:08 IST
From 721-foot monster to 22-foot dwarf, 5 asteroids to come very close to Earth
Asteroid 2012 BV13
1/5 Asteroid 2022 YS5 - NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office has warned that the asteroid, named Asteroid 2022 YS5, will make its closest approach to Earth today, January 13, at a distance of 5.9 million kilometers. It is nearly as big as an aircraft, with a width of 130 feet. Asteroid 2022 YS5 is already hurtling towards the planet at a speed of 21506 kmph.  (Wikimedia Commons)
Asteroid 2012 BV13
2/5 Asteroid 2014 LJ - A relatively small asteroid with a size of 22 feet will fly past Earth by a very close margin tomorrow, January 14. The asteroid, named Asteroid 2014 LJ, 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 12515 kilometers per hour. (Pixabay)
Asteroid 2012 BV13
3/5 Asteroid 2022 YH3 – Another asteroid named 2022 YH3 will make its closest approach to Earth tomorrow, January 14 at a distance of 7.2 million kilometers. The asteroid, with a width of 290, is travelling at a staggering speed of 58580 kilometers per hour towards the planet. (Pixabay)
Asteroid 2012 BV13
4/5 Asteroid 2012 BV13 - NASA has issued an alert against another asteroid named Asteroid 2012 BV13. This asteroid is particularly concerning due to its monstrous size. According to NASA, it has a size ranging anywhere between 327 feet and 721 feet, making it nearly as big as a football field! It is expected to fly past Earth closely on January 16 at a distance of 1.5 million kilometers. The asteroid is already on its way towards Earth, travelling at a speedy 24042 kilometers per hour.  (WikiMedia Commons)
Asteroid 2012 BV13
5/5 Asteroid 2020 BP - NASA has warned that an asteroid named Asteroid 2020 BP is heading for Earth and is expected to pass by the planet closely on January 20. Asteroid 2020 BP is already on its way towards us travelling at a fearsome speed of 60966 kilometers per hour. The asteroid, with a width between 62 feet and 141 feet, will make its closest approach to Earth a distance of just 1.9 million kilometers.  (Pixabay)
Asteroid 2012 BV13
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Asteroid 2012 BV13 belongs to the Aten group of asteroids. (NASA)

Astronomers have been keeping a close eye on asteroids that pass near Earth, as these space rocks have the potential to be dangerous to Earth. In recent years, there have been several close calls with asteroids that have passed close to our planet. However, due to the early detection and monitoring of these asteroids by various space agencies around the world, scientists have been able to determine that they pose no threat to Earth. NASA has now warned that another asteroid is on its way towards Earth today. Check out the asteroid details here.

Asteroid 2012 BV13 details

NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office has issued an alert against an asteroid named Asteroid 2012 BV13. What's shocking is this asteroid is nearly 420 feet wide, which is the size of a skyscraper! The asteroid is expected to fly past Earth closely today, January 16, at a distance of just 4.6 million kilometers. The asteroid is already on its way towards Earth, travelling at a staggering speed of 24042 kilometers per hour.

According to the-sky.org, Asteroid 2012 BV13 was discovered more than a decade ago on 19 January 2012 and belongs to the Aten group of asteroids. This asteroid takes just 335 days to complete one trip around the Sun during which its maximum distance from the Sun is 155 million kilometers and nearest distance is 127 million kilometers.

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Importance of asteroids

Scientists study asteroids to learn more about the early solar system and the conditions that existed when the planets were forming. Asteroids can also provide valuable resources such as water, metals, and other minerals. One such discovery was made by studying an asteroid.

Until now, it was believed that water was already present on Earth from earliest times. However, a recent study has made an astonishing discovery that puts this very thought into doubt. The study has revealed that water may have originated on asteroids.

The study was conducted after collecting samples from an asteroid called Ryugu by the Japanese Hayabusa-2 space probe during a 6-year space mission.

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First Published Date: 16 Jan, 07:08 IST
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