NASA reveals Asteroid 2023 GG approaching Earth at breakneck speed

NASA has warned that a speedy asteroid is expected to fly past the planet by a close margin today.

| Updated on: Apr 11 2023, 11:24 IST
NASA Alert! 5 asteroids zooming towards Earth, including one that is 250 foot wide
1/6 While some asteroids can be detected by NASA's astronomers, others can unexpectedly hit Earth without being detected. Any asteroid that comes within 4.6 million miles or 7.5 million kilometres of Earth, or measures larger than approximately 150 meters, is considered a potentially hazardous object and is flagged by NASA. (Pixabay)
2/6 Now, NASA has red-flagged an asteroid, named Asteroid 2022 UF4, which is dangerously heading for Earth today, October 27. NASA has warned that Asteroid 2022 UF4 is nearly 140 feet wide, which is nearly the size of a commercial aircraft. (Pixabay)
3/6 There is a double asteroid attack today! Another 110-foot asteroid 2023 FT1 will come around 4.64 million miles to Earth. Moreover, it will be hurtling toward Earth at a speed of 23790 km per hour. (Pixabay)
4/6 On April 11, there is a giant airplane-sized asteroid named 2023 GG which is zooming towards Earth at a blistering speed of 38102 km per hour, CNEOS data mentioned. It is a 250-foot-wide asteroid that will come as close as 0.946 million miles to the Earth. (Pixabay)
5/6 Now, NASA has spotted five giant monster rocks approaching Earth. One of which is dubbed as 2023 FG5 which is 77-foot wide and will make the closest approach of 2.26 million miles from Earth today. (Wikimedia Commons)
6/6 However, the closest of them all is a 66-foot wide Asteroid 2023 FS10 which is hurtling towards at a velocity of 27376 kmph to come as close as just 0.665 million miles to Earth.   (Pixabay)
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Asteroid 2023 GG belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids. (WikiMedia Commons)

Though most asteroids are found in a ring between the orbit of Mars and Jupiter, called the asteroid belt, that doesn't mean they've never come close to Earth. In fact, some large space rocks have made their way towards Earth in the past and impacted the surface. Just yesterday, two asteroids, 110 feet and 77 feet wide respectively, had close calls with Earth.

NASA has an eye on another asteroid which is set to make a close approach with the planet today.

Asteroid 2023 GG details

The asteroid, named Asteroid 2023 GG will make its closest approach to Earth today, April 11. This space rock will make its closest approach to the planet at a distance of just 1.5 million kilometers, according to NASA. It is already travelling towards Earth at a breakneck speed of 38007 kilometers per hour.

What's concerning is the asteroid's size. According to NASA, Asteroid 2023 GG is almost 240 feet wide, which makes it nearly the size of a Boeing 747 aircraft!

More details

According to NASA, the Asteroid 2023 GG 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. Apollo asteroids are those Earth-crossing space rocks with semi-major axes larger than Earth's.

According to, it was discovered just days ago on April 5 and takes just 446 days to complete one orbit around the Sun. During this trip, its maximum distance from the Sun is 204 million kilometers and its nearest distance is 138 million kilometers.

What is NASA doing to find potentially hazardous asteroids?

NASA has put to use the latest tech available, It has 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.

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First Published Date: 11 Apr, 10:35 IST
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