NASA ALERT! This asteroid terror rocketing towards Earth today

A huge and scary asteroid is hurtling towards Earth at blistering speed. Here’s what NASA has to say.

| Updated on: Sep 05 2022, 15:59 IST
Asteroid whizzes past Earth in close encounter: NASA
1/5 On Wednesday, a giant fireball was seen and heard across the Mississippi, US. While locals were left wondering whether they saw an alien ship or an asteroid, NASA tells us the truth. (Pixabay)
Asteroid and Earth
2/5 According to, it is at a maximum distance of 380 million kilometers away from the Sun. On the other hand, its distance from the Earth was just 2.74 million kilometers, equivalent to 0.02 astronomical units. An astronomical unit (AU, or au) is basically a unit of length equal to the average, or mean, distance between Earth and the Sun, that is, 149,597,870.7 km (92,955,807.3 miles). (Pixabay)
3/5 The report says, “The asteroid 2022 OX3 flew past Earth on August 02 at 18:45 at a distance of 2.74 million kilometers at a speed of 16 kilometers per second.” Although NASA has stated that this asteroid didn’t pose any viable threat to Earth, it was still classified as a potentially hazardous asteroid due to the close proximity of its encounter with Earth. (NASA)
4/5 The Near-Earth objects (NEOs) are monitored by NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office which monitors the sky with telescopes and keeps a track of upcoming flybys. Keeping a track of these NEOs has become relatively easy with the advancement of technology. With the help of advanced telescopes, more than 750,000 asteroids have been discovered to date out of which over 27,000 are near-Earth asteroids. (Pixabay)
5/5 This is not the first encounter where an asteroid has flown close to Earth. On May 9, Asteroid Asteroid 467460 (2006 JF42), flew close past Earth. Previously, on April 28, Asteroid 418135 (2008 AG33), passed by our planet. (Pixabay)
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NASA has issued another warning about an asteroid which is headed for us today. Check out what the space agency has to say. (Pixabay)

Asteroid flybys have been a common theme these past few months. For those of you who don't know, an asteroid is a terrifying small, rocky object out in space travelling at massive speed and when seen in a telescope, it appears as a point of light, according to NASA. Most asteroids are found in a ring between the orbit of Mars and Jupiter called the Asteroid Belt. These celestial objects are the remains of the period during which our solar system formed, over 4.6 billion years ago.

An asteroid, named Asteroid 2022 QJ7, has been spotted coming towards Earth today at a blistering speed. The asteroid was spotted by NASA's Defense Coordination Office, which is responsible for monitoring the skies and keeping a watch on various Near-Earth Objects (NEOs). If any celestial object is at risk of Earth impact, it red flags it and issues a global alert. Asteroids which come closer than 8 million kilometers from Earth's orbit are classified as potentially hazardous asteroids, according to NASA.

Asteroid 2022 QJ7 to just miss Earth today, September 5

NASA has warned that Asteroid 2022 QJ7 is heading for Earth and will just about miss the planet today, September 5. The asteroid is travelling at a staggering 43,236 kilometers per hour. The asteroid will make its closest approach to Earth today at a distance of just 5.6 million kilometers. That might seem a lot but NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office has still classified it as a “Potentially Hazardous Object” due to the close proximity by which it will fly past Earth.

In terms of size, Asteroid 2022 QJ7 is nearly as big as a commercial aircraft with a width of nearly 82 feet.

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First Published Date: 05 Sep, 15:59 IST
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