NASA Alert! A massive asteroid is rapidly approaching Earth

NASA has issued an alert about a massive asteroid that will come close to Earth later this month.

| Updated on: May 21 2023, 18:15 IST
NASA telescopes pick up 5 asteroids coming towards Earth! One is 524-foot giant
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1/6 Astonishingly, NASA has tracked 5 asteroids approaching Earth with sizes varying from 23 feet to 524 feet. To track these asteroids, NASA uses various telescopes and observatories such as the Pan-STARRS, the Catalina Sky Survey, and the NEOWISE telescope. (NASA)
2/6 Asteroid 2023 JL2 – It will make its extremely close approach to the planet tomorrow, May 20. The asteroid, with a width of 130 feet, will approach at a distance of 5.9 million kilometers and at a speed of nearly 33666 kilometers per hour. (Pixabay)
3/6 Asteroid 2023 HG11 - Asteroid 2023 HG11 is currently heading towards Earth and will pass by Earth tomorrow, May 20. The asteroid is just 23 feet wide, travelling at almost 1576 kilometers per hour while making its closest approach at 4.5 million kilometers. (Pixabay)
4/6 Asteroid 2023 JK – Asteroid 2023 JK, with a width of almost 209 feet, will make its closest approach to Earth on May 21. The space rock is already rushing towards Earth at a speed of 33425 kilometers per hour and will miss the planet by a distance of 1.6 million kilometers. (Pixabay)
5/6 Asteroid 2023 JD4 – Asteroid 2023 JD4, which is nearly 206 feet wide, is heading for Earth and will make a close approach on May 21. This asteroid is heading for Earth at a blistering speed of 37141 kilometers per hour. It will miss Earth at a close distance of just 3.1 million kilometers. (Pixabay)
6/6 Asteroid 2023 GY2 – The biggest one of the week, Asteroid 2023 GY2 will make its closest approach to Earth on May 22 and it is between 236 feet and 524 feet across. As per NASA, it will come as close as 6.9 million kilometers and is already moving at a breakneck speed of 40811 kilometers per hour. (Pixabay)
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The asteroid, known as 2023 CL3, will pass by Earth on May 24. (Pixabay)

NASA has issued an alert about a massive asteroid that will come close to Earth later this month. The asteroid, known as 2023 CL3, is estimated to be around 656 feet wide. NASA has included it in the “Earth Close Approaches list”, which keeps track of space asteroids that need to be monitored. This particular asteroid is more than twice the size of the Statue of Liberty.

The Statue of Liberty, a famous landmark in New York, stands at a height of 305 feet when you consider the base and 151 feet when you only include the female figure. If an asteroid of that size were to collide with Earth, it could cause significant damage. That's why space agencies consider any asteroid larger than a certain size that comes within 4.65 million miles of Earth as "potentially hazardous."

Asteroid 2023 CL3 is expected to pass by Earth on May 24, at a distance of just under 4.5 million miles. Although this may seem far away, it is actually quite close in the vastness of space. The asteroid will safely shoot past us at a speed of over 51,000 miles per hour.

Concerns have been raised by experts about Earth's ability to defend itself from dangerous asteroids. Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, has expressed worry about our lack of defense against a potential impact. In response, NASA has been exploring different defense methods. They conducted the Double Asteroid Redirection Test mission last year, which successfully demonstrated NASA's capability to alter the course of an asteroid called Dimorphos.

In short, a massive asteroid, will approach Earth at a speed of 51,000 mph. Although it will pass by at a safe distance, it serves as a reminder that we need to be prepared for potential asteroid threats in the future.

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First Published Date: 21 May, 18:15 IST
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