NASA alert! Asteroid 2023 JR1 set to buzz Earth today at a scorching 72871 kmph | Tech News

NASA alert! Asteroid 2023 JR1 set to buzz Earth today at a scorching 72871 kmph

Asteroid 2023 JR1 is set to make a close approach to Earth at the blistering speed of 72871 km per hour, NASA said. Know its danger in advance.

| Updated on: May 14 2023, 08:08 IST
NASA issues alert as 5 asteroids, one as big as 262 feet, speeding towards Earth!
1/5 Asteroid 2023 HT4 – Asteroid 2023 HT4, with a width of almost 250 feet, will be making its closest Earth approach today, May 12. It will come as close as 6 million kilometers, according to NASA. The asteroid is moving at a breakneck speed of 32167 kilometers per hour.  (REUTERS)
2/5 Asteroid 2023 JG – Another asteroid, named Asteroid 2023 JG is heading for Earth and will make a close approach on May 13. This asteroid, with a size of approximately 160 feet, is heading for Earth at a blistering speed of 54995 kilometers per hour. It will miss Earth at a distance of 7.1 million kilometers. (Pixabay)
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3/5 Asteroid 2023 JP – Asteroid 2023 JP, which is almost 86 feet wide, is heading for Earth and will make a close approach on May 14. This asteroid is heading towards Earth at a blistering speed of 27958 kilometers per hour and will miss Earth at a distance of 3.2 million kilometers. (Pixabay)
4/5 Asteroid 2023 JK – Asteroid 2023 JK will make its closest approach to Earth on May 21. According to NASA, this asteroid is almost 219 feet wide. The asteroid will come as close as 1.6 million kilometers near Earth and is already moving at a speed of 33472 kilometers per hour. (Pixabay)
5/5 Asteroid 2021 JK7 – Asteroid 2021 JK7, which is almost 262 feet wide, will make its closest approach to Earth on May 22. The asteroid is already rushing towards Earth at a speed of 82341 kilometers per hour and will pass the planet at a distance of 6.3 million kilometers. (Pixabay)
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NASA has warned about the bus-sized asteroid Asteroid 2023 JR1, which is speeding towards Earth. (Pixabay)

Asteroid 2023 JR1, a member of the Apollo group of asteroids, is currently headed for an unexpectedly close engagement with Earth today. Surprisingly, NASA discovered this asteroid just on May 12, 2023 - merely two days before its close approach to Earth. NASA's asteroid tracking data reveals that the asteroid measures around 39-foot in size. It belongs to the Apollo group. The Apollo group of asteroids was named after the first asteroid of its kind, 1862 Apollo.

According to NASA's CNEOS, the asteroid is traveling at a remarkable speed of 72871 kilometers per hour. data suggests that this asteroid completes one orbit around the Sun in approximately 1322 days. The report highlights that the asteroid reaches its farthest point from the Sun at a distance of 606 million kilometers and comes closest to it at a minimum distance of 99 million kilometers. However, the most concerning aspect is its uncomfortably close approach to Earth, as it will pass by at a distance of just 242,000 miles, which is nearly the same as the distance between the Moon and Earth. It is worth noting that the average distance between Earth and the Moon is approximately 239,000 miles.

Danger of Asteroid 2023 JR1

The Center for NEO Studies at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is responsible for maintaining a list that assesses the risk of impact for near-Earth objects that will come in close proximity to our planet. NASA's JPL designates the label "potentially hazardous objects" for space rocks that approach within 4.6 million miles of Earth and have a size larger than approximately 150 meters. While asteroid 2023 JR1 does not fall into the potentially hazardous category based on its size, its close proximity to Earth is what raises concerns about this small 39-foot asteroid. Even a slight deviation from its orbit could result in a direct collision with Earth, which would have catastrophic consequences.

NASA's tech behind asteroid tracking

Astronomers use optical and radio telescopes to study the size, shape, rotation, and physical composition of these asteroids. Those near-Earth objects that come close enough to Earth are studied in great detail using planetary radar. Such detailed characterization is made possible through the use of radio telescopes located at NASA's Deep Space Network and the National Science Foundation's Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.

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First Published Date: 14 May, 08:08 IST