NASA clocks asteroid heading for Earth at a fiery 30336 kmph

    An alert has been issued against this asteroid by NASA which is set to pass Earth at a close distance today.

    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Nov 29 2022, 10:42 IST
    In Pics: From 252-foot to 12-foot, 5 dangerous asteroids set to pass Earth soon
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    1/5 Asteroid 2022 WM7 - This 12-foot asteroid will pass Earth at a distance that is even closer than the Moon! NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office has warned that the asteroid, named Asteroid 2022 WM7, will make its closest approach to Earth today, November 28, at a distance of just 78500 kilometers. (Pixabay)
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    2/5 Asteroid 2022 WS5 - A huge asteroid with a size ranging between 62 feet and 141 feet will fly past Earth by a very close margin tomorrow, November 29. The asteroid, named Asteroid 2022 WS5, will make its closest approach with the planet at a distance of 1.8 million kilometers. The asteroid is travelling towards the planet at a blistering speed of 42128 kilometers per hour! (Pixabay)
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    3/5 Asteroid 2022 VB2 – Another asteroid named 2022 VB2 will make its closest approach to Earth tomorrow, November 29, at a distance of 3.4 million kilometers. The asteroid, with a width between 78 feet and 177 feet, is travelling at a speed of 30395 kilometers per hour towards the planet! (Pixabay)
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    4/5 Asteroid 2022 WE5 - NASA has issued an alert against another asteroid named Asteroid 2022 WE5. This asteroid has a size ranging between 26 feet and 59 feet, and is expected to fly past Earth closely on November 30, at a distance of 1.5 million kilometers. The asteroid is already on its way towards Earth, travelling at a staggering speed of 30441 kilometers per hour. (Pixabay)
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    5/5 Asteroid 2022 WO7 - NASA has warned that an asteroid named Asteroid 2022 WO7 is heading for Earth and is expected to pass by the planet closely on November 30. Asteroid 2022 WO7 is already on its way towards us travelling at a staggering speed of 3754 kilometers per hour. The asteroid, with a width between 111 feet and 252 feet, will make its closest approach to Earth a distance of just 4.8 million kilometers. (Pixabay)
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    Could an asteroid strike happen today? Know what NASA has revealed. (NASA)

    Although Earth now has a planetary defense system against potentially world-ending asteroids, courtesy of NASA's DART Test, this does not mean asteroids will never strike the planet again. In fact, asteroids have crashed into Earth many times in the past and this can happen again. While most of them miss Earth, the danger remains and that is where it becomes important for space agencies like NASA to track each and every flying object that is big enough to worry humanity. That responsibility falls to NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office which keeps an eye on Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) and alerts if there are any signs of a potential hazardous object. 

    Now, it has warned that a huge asteroid is headed for Earth today.

    Asteroid 2022 VB2 key details

    NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office has issued an alert against an asteroid named Asteroid 2022 VB2. This 100 feet wide asteroid is expected to fly past Earth closely today, November 29, at a distance of 3.3 million kilometers. The asteroid is already on its way towards Earth, travelling at a staggering speed of 30336 kilometers per hour. Although this asteroid is not expected to impact Earth any time soon, a slight deviation in its path due to interaction with the planet's gravitational field could change its trajectory.

    It belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids, which are a group of Near-Earth asteroids named after the humongous 1862 Apollo asteroid, discovered by German astronomer Karl Reinmuth in the 1930s.

    Did you know?

    NASA has now revealed that an asteroid struck the Earth just days ago! This asteroid was missed by all of the Near-Earth Object (NEO) monitoring telescopes and was discovered just hours before impact. The asteroid was first spotted by NASA's Catalina Sky Survey and the observations were then reported to the Minor Planet Center. NASA's Scout impact hazard assessment system calculated the asteroid's trajectory and possible impact sites by analyzing the data.

    According to NASA, the asteroid is likely to have burned up upon entering the planet's atmosphere and scattered small meteorites over the southern coastline of Lake Ontario.

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    First Published Date: 29 Nov, 10:41 IST
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