GARGANTUAN 1049-foot asteroid will soon come extremely close to Earth, NASA reveals

NASA warns that a huge 1049-foot wide asteroid will be coming dangerously close to the Earth in just 10 more days. Is there a danger of an asteroid strike? Find out.

| Updated on: Mar 04 2023, 20:30 IST
5 GIGANTIC asteroids racing towards Earth today; check NASA list
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1/5 Asteroid 2023 BN6: NASA's JPL has alerted that a 100 foot asteroid is travelling towards Earth at a great speed of 27072 kilometers per hour. The airplane-sized asteroid will make its closest approach to planet Earth today, February 4, 2023, at a distance of 770000 kilometers. (Pixabay)
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2/5 Asteroid 2020 OO1: It is a 58 foot asteroid and is zooming towards the planet Earth at a speed of 27864 kilometers per hour. NASA has informed that the house-sized asteroid will make its closest Earth approach at a distance of 1840000 kilometers. (Pixabay)
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3/5 Asteroid 2023 BZ7: NASA has warned that a 68 foot asteroid named 2023 BZ7 is on its way towards Earth at a fiery speed. According to the research organisation, the asteroid is travelling at a staggering speed of 33552 kilometers per hour. The airplane-sized asteroid will make its closest approach to Earth at a distance of 4650000 kilometers per hour. (Pixabay)
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4/5 Asteroid 2023 BO7: A scary 42 foot asteroid is rushing towards Earth at a high speed of 18540 kilometers per hour. According to NASA, the bus-sized asteroid will make its closest approach to the planet today at a distance of 5470000 kilometers. (Pixabay)
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5/5 Asteroid 2023 BC4: The 160 foot asteroid will make its closest Earth approach at a distance of 6210000 kilometers. The asteroid is travelling at a speed of 41724 kilometers per hour and is said to pass by the planet without posing any kind of threat. (Wikimedia Commons)
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NASA reports that asteroid 2023 CM is headed towards the Earth. It will make its closest approach to the planet on March 14. (Bloomberg)

Over the past several months, there have been no sightings of any massive asteroids approaching Earth. Instead, we've observed smaller space rocks measuring between 100 and 500 feet in width. While these smaller asteroids could potentially cause damage upon impact, they would not pose a global threat or endanger humanity. However, this is all about to change. NASA has reported that a 1049-foot asteroid, categorized as potentially hazardous, will be approaching its closest proximity to Earth on March 14. This development is particularly concerning because if the asteroid were to collide with Earth, it could potentially cause widespread destruction, flattening hundreds of kilometers of land and triggering earthquakes, tectonic shifts, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, and forest fires. This asteroid is capable of causing tremendous destruction to our planet.

Potentially hazardous asteroid to approach the Earth

The asteroid was recently added to the NASA Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) database which has revealed some important information regarding the asteroid. The name of the asteroid is 2023 CM, and it was first observed on February 2 of this year, and that's what the 4 digit number in its name indicates. The asteroid is traveling at a mind-numbing speed of 50474 kilometers per hour. This is extremely fast, even for asteroids as most of them travel in the range of 25,000-40,000 kilometers per hour. With its size and speed, it can cause some serious damage to our planet, if it ends up hitting us.

However, early predictions highlight that the asteroid will come as close as 3.9 million kilometers to the Earth and will make a safe passage across the planet without harming us. But last moment deflections do take place, and if it were to happen, we would be facing its wrath.

The asteroid has been classified as potentially hazardous. NASA assigns this classification to any asteroid that comes closer than 7.4 million kilometers to the Earth and is of a considerable size to pose a serious threat to the planet. With 2023 CM fulfilling both of these criteria, the asteroid is of concern to astronomers.

Know the NEOWISE telescope

It is very interesting to understand how this tech actually works. Ever since NASA became aware of the risk of the near-Earth objects (NEO), it has dedicated itself to track and monitor as many space rocks in the inner circle of the solar system as possible. Using the prowess of JPL and Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) telescope, the US space agency collects data for over 20,000 asteroids.

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First Published Date: 04 Mar, 20:29 IST