GIGANTIC 450-foot asteroid nearing Earth today at 55944 kmph, says NASA

A gigantic 450-foot potentially hazardous asteroid named 2012 DK31 is rushing towards Earth at a mind numbing speed of 55944 kmph today.

| Updated on: Feb 27 2023, 10:21 IST
NASA on alert as 5 asteroids, including mammoth 1500-foot asteroid, heading for Earth soon
1/5 Asteroid 1993 VB – Asteroid 1993 VB will pass Earth today, February 21, at a distance of 6.5 million kilometers. In fact, it is already rushing towards the planet, travelling at a fearsome speed of 39864 kilometers per hour. NASA has estimated Asteroid 1993 VB to be nearly 1500 feet (about half the height of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world) wide! (Pixabay)
2/5 Asteroid 2023 DF - NASA has issued an alert against another 44 feet wide asteroid named Asteroid 2023 DF. This terrifying asteroid is expected to come extremely close to Earth today, February 21. Its distance of close approach will be just 1.6 million kilometers. The asteroid is already on its way towards Earth, travelling at a staggering speed of 35137 kilometers per hour.  (Pixabay)
3/5 Asteroid 2023 CM2 – This asteroid, with a width of 67 feet, will make its close trip to Earth tomorrow, February 22, at a distance of just 820,000 kilometers. The asteroid, known as Asteroid 2023 CM2, is already rushing towards Earth, travelling at a speed slower than other asteroids, at 40508 kilometers per hour.  (NASA)
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4/5 Asteroid 2023 AA2 – Another asteroid named Asteroid 2023 AA2 is heading for Earth and will make a close approach tomorrow, February 22. This asteroid is gigantic, with a width between 328 feet and 721 feet and it is heading for Earth at a blistering speed of 24913 kilometers per hour. It will miss Earth at an extremely close distance of just 6.6 million kilometers.  (NASA/JPL)
5/5 Asteroid 2023 DE – The fifth asteroid, with a size ranging between 62 feet and 134 feet, is named Asteroid 2023 DE and will be making its closest Earth approach tomorrow, February 22. It will come as close as 3.3 million kilometers, according to NASA JPL. The asteroid is moving at a blistering speed of 60690 kilometers per hour.  (Wikimedia Commons)
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A 450-foot potentially hazardous asteroid named 2012 DK31 is nearing Earth today. (Pixabay)

Do you know that not all the near-Earth objects (NEO) are safe for humanity and for the overall planet Earth? The crash of a NEO with Earth is said to be the reason behind the extinction of dinosaurs on the planet? Imagine, what if another such collision happens? No one will ever want such a thing to happen, Therefore, to prevent any such mishap, it is very important to keep a track on the potentially hazardous near Earth objects. NASA has already raised a concern regarding a potentially hazardous massive asteroid of 450-foot which is zooming towards planet Earth today, February 27.

450-foot Asteroid 2012 DK31 nearing Earth today

Asteroids are of varied sizes. The smaller its size is, the less threat it poses for the planet. However, a gigantic asteroid like the 2012 DK31 which is 450-foot high can pose a great threat to the planet. According to the information provided by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), this building-sized asteroid will make its closest approach to planet Earth today at a distance of 4840000 kilometers.

Apart from its size and it being classified as a potentially hazardous NEO, another reason to worry is the speed at which it is travelling towards Earth. The speed is mind-numbing! The 450-giant is rapidly nearing planet Earth at a speed of 55944 kilometers per hour.

However, NASA has informed that the asteroid is not a danger for the planet as of now. The research organisation is also closely monitoring the trajectory of the asteroid to avoid any kind of threat.

About Asteroid 2012 DK31

It was first detected on February 24, 2012, according to a report by This asteroid belongs to the Aten group and makes one orbit around the Sun in 211 days. "The next close approach of asteroid 2012 DK31 to our planet will happen on February 27, 2034. On that day, its distance to Earth will be 19.42 million kilometers," the report added.

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First Published Date: 27 Feb, 09:00 IST