NASA ALERT! Devastating 180-foot asteroid hurtling towards Earth tomorrow

NASA has issued a warning that a devastating asteroid is hurtling towards Earth at a staggering speed. Will it hit or miss the planet? Read on to find out.

| Updated on: Sep 08 2022, 09:55 IST
Asteroid fun facts in pics: NASA reveals all you need to know
Asteroid and Earth
1/5 Space is full of objects, out of which only a few have been discovered. Asteroids are some of these objects. If you are not aware about the dangerous objects called asteroids, here are some facts you should know. First, did you know that asteroids are sometimes called minor planets? Well, they are. (Pixabay)
2/5 Differences between an Asteroid, Comet, Meteoroid, Meteor and Meteorite: According to the information provided by NASA, Asteroid is a relatively small, inactive, rocky body orbiting the Sun. Comet is a relatively small, at times active, object whose ice can vaporize in sunlight forming an atmosphere (coma) of dust and gas and, sometimes, a tail of dust and/or gas. Meteoroid is a small particle from a comet or asteroid orbiting the Sun. Meteor is the light phenomena which results when a meteoroid enters the Earth's atmosphere and vaporizes, in short, a shooting star. While, Meteorite is a meteoroid that survives its passage through the Earth's atmosphere and lands upon the Earth's surface. (NASA)
3/5 Asteroid: Size, frequency and impact- More than 100 tons of dust and sand sized particles are bombarded towards Earth everyday, according to NASA. While, about once a year, an automobile-sized asteroid hits Earth's atmosphere, creates an impressive fireball, and burns up before reaching the surface. Every 2,000 years or so, a meteoroid the size of a football field hits Earth and causes significant damage to the area. Only once every few million years, an object large enough to threaten Earth's civilization comes along. Impact craters on Earth, the moon and other planetary bodies are evidence of these occurrences. Space rocks smaller than about 25 meters (about 82 feet) will most likely burn up as they enter the Earth's atmosphere and cause little or no damage. By comparison, asteroids that populate the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, and pose no threat to Earth, can be as big as 940 kilometers (about 583 miles) across. (NASA)
4/5 How is an Asteroid Orbit Calculated? An asteroid's orbit is computed by finding the elliptical path about the sun that best fits the available observations of the object. That is, the object's computed path about the sun is adjusted until the predictions of where the asteroid should have appeared in the sky at several observed times match the positions where the object was actually observed to be at those same times. (Pixabay)
5/5 What is NASA doing to find and learn more about potentially hazardous asteroids and comets? NASA has established a Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO), managed in the Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The PDCO ensures the early detection of potentially hazardous objects (PHOs) - asteroids and comets whose orbits are predicted to bring them within 0.05 Astronomical Units of Earth (5 million miles or 8 million kilometers) and of a size large enough to reach Earth's surface - that is, greater than approximately 30 to 50 meters. NASA tracks and characterizes these objects and issues warnings about potential impacts, providing timely and accurate information. NASA also leads the coordination of U.S. Government planning for response to an actual impact threat. (AFP)
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The first asteroid spotted through a satellite has perplexed astronomers due to its peculiarity. Learn the secrets of this asteroid as NASA reveals the truth. (Pixabay)

A humongous 180-foot wide asteroid named Asteroid 2022 QB22, nearly the size of a large commercial aircraft, will just about miss Earth tomorrow as it hurtles by at staggering speed, according to NASA. The asteroid is large enough to end all life and cause total annihilation on the planet if it makes surface impact on Earth. Although it is safe to say that people on Earth will remain unharmed as it passes by Earth at a safe distance, it still has caused space agencies to worry due to the extremely close distance with which it will pass by Earth.

The Asteroid 2022 QB22 will just miss Earth on September 9, which is tomorrow at a distance of just 5.4 million kilometers as it flis by at a speed of 63,000 kilometers per hour. This asteroid does not pose any viable threat to Earth and will pass the planet safely though it was still classified as a potentially hazardous asteroid due to the extremely close proximity of its encounter with Earth.

Who monitors the skies for Near-Earth Objects?

More and more asteroids have been flying past Earth albeit at a safe distance. NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office monitors the skies with telescopes and keeps track of upcoming near-Earth object (NEO) flybys. With the help of advanced telescopes, more than 750,000 asteroids have been discovered to date, of which more than 27,000 are near-Earth asteroids.

Dinosaur-killing asteroid location found

An asteroid was responsible for triggering the extinction of dinosaurs when it crashed on Earth. Now, scientists have located the place of impact of the asteroid which caused an extinction-level event. It is located at Chicxulub, near the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico where it impacted the planet more than 65 million years ago.

The impact would've caused the formation of huge tidal waves and an impact crater almost 140KM wide. The impact would've caused the land material to splatter into space, changing the Earth into a nuclear winter like environment.

Further, the impact would've caused massive volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. According to scientists, these apocalyptic conditions would've been the major factor behind the extinction of dinosaurs.

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First Published Date: 08 Sep, 09:55 IST