It is MASSIVE! 290-foot asteroid 2023 HP1 nearing Earth; Know speed, distance here | Tech News

It is MASSIVE! 290-foot asteroid 2023 HP1 nearing Earth; Know speed, distance here

A gigantic 290-foot asteroid is set to make a close approach to Earth on May 7. Here is what NASA reveals about its speed, how dangerous it can be, and more.

| Updated on: May 06 2023, 11:19 IST
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2/5 Flat rocks on Mars (May 2) - Flat rock hills on the surface of Mars were shot by NASA’s Curiosity Rover. When compared to the steep rocks of Earth, Martian rocks are considerably flat everywhere. This is because the Martian geography has been shaped by impact processes, erosion in particular. The Martian wind, which is 95% Carbon Dioxide, acts as sandpaper and rubs against the rocks, which flattens them. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/Neville Thompson)
3/5 Centaurus A Galaxy (May 3) - This captured image shows the elliptical galaxy NGC 5128, also known as Centaurus A. This peculiar galaxy is located about 11 million light-years away towards the constellation of Centaurus and spans about 60,000 light-years across. According to NASA, Centaurus A is the closest active galaxy to Earth and is the result of the collision of two galaxies which caused star clusters and dark dust lanes to jumble up.  (NASA/Marco Lorenzi/Angus Lau/Tommy Tse)
4/5 Messier 87’s Supermassive Black Hole (May 4) - The image shows the supermassive black hole at the center of Messier 87. Messier 87 is a supergiant elliptical galaxy located about 55 million light-years away towards the constellation of Virgo. Alongside the black hole, relativistic jet blasting from the galaxy’s central region can be observed. This is due to ionized matter within the jet moving at the speed of light. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Event Horizon Telescope)
5/5 Shackleton crater on the Moon (May 5) - It is a snapshot of Shackleton crater located on the South Pole of the Moon. According to NASA, peaks along the Shackleton crater's rim are exposed to almost continual sunlight, while the interior is perpetually in shadow. This is due to the Moon being slightly tilted on its axis. The lunar South Pole, which is where this crater is located, has also been chosen as one of the most probable landing sites for future Moon missions. ( NASA/ShadowCam/Korea Aerospace Research Institute/Arizona State University)
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Here is all you need to know about the 290-foot asteroid nearing Earth soon. (Pixabay)

How massive the asteroid needs to be to pose a threat to planet Earth? According to NASA, no known asteroid larger than 140 meters in size has a significant chance to hit Earth for the next 100 years. It further stated that only about 40 percent of those asteroids have been discovered till date. Notably, asteroids, which are dubbed as near Earth objects, can sometimes be dangerous for the planet depending upon their size. And on Sunday, May 7, 2023 a 290-foot asteroid is all set to make a close approach to planet Earth. Here is what NASA has informed about the monstrous rock.

Asteroid 2023 HP1: Speed, distance, and more

The US space agency has informed that a gigantic 290-foot asteroid is rapidly approaching Earth on Sunday, May 7. Though the asteroid is humongous and will come very close to the planet, but it is likely to pass by. However, it is travelling at a very rapid speed and if it changes its trajectory, it can be a concern for the planet. Therefore, in order to keep all the threats away and tackle them on time, NASA is tracking the movement of this asteroid on a regular basis.

According to the information shared by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the asteroid called 2023 HP1, which is 290-foot (almost the size of a building), is currently moving at a mind-numbing speed of 41868 kilometer per hour and will make its closest approach to Earth at a distance of 6.13 million kilometers.

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How NASA studies asteroids

The space agency uses its telescopes and observatories like NEOWISE to track and study asteroids. It also uses a variety of ground based telescopes like Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) located in the Antofagasta Region of Atacama Desert in Chile for the same.

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First Published Date: 06 May, 11:18 IST