NASA telescopes track asteroid speeding towards Earth! Know speed and how close it will get | Tech News

NASA telescopes track asteroid speeding towards Earth! Know speed and how close it will get

An asteroid could make a very close approach to Earth today, May 17, NASA has warned. Will it cause any damage? Know its speed, distance and size.

| Updated on: May 17 2023, 10:47 IST
5 BIG asteroids set to buzz Earth, including one that is a 200-foot monster! NASA shares details
1/6 Asteroid 2023 JO1: This 46-foot, house-sized asteroid will be nearing planet Earth on May 16, 2023. This asteroid will make its closest approach to the planet at a distance of merely 1.86 million miles. It is travelling at a speed of 29779 kilometers per hour.  (Pixabay)
2/6 Asteroid 2023 JD2: NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office has warned that the asteroid, named Asteroid 2023 JD2, will make its closest approach to Earth on May 16, at a distance of just 3.5 million miles. It is a giant 200-foot monster rock.  (Pixabay)
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3/6 Asteroid 2023 JS1: This 39-foot asteroid will make its closest Earth approach at a distance of 1.35 million miles on May 17. The asteroid is travelling at a rapid speed of 28675 kilometers per hour.  (Pixabay)
4/6 Asteroid 2023 JT2: Another around 52-foot asteroid is all set to make a close approach to Earth on May 17, NASA's CNEOS data revealed. It will come uncomfortably close at just 1.64 million miles. NASA has revealed that the asteroid is moving towards Earth at a speed of 16241 kmph. (Pixabay)
5/6 Asteroid 2023 JL2: It is a giant asteroid that measures around 232-foot (up to 71 meters) in size and will make its closest approach to Earth on May 20 at a distance of just 3.68 million miles. Asteroid 2023 JL2 is travelling at a velocity of 33695 kmph. (Pixabay)
6/6 According tp the amazing space tech that NASA has deployed on Earth as well as in space, including telescopes and satellites, none of these space rocks fall under the category of potentially hazardous asteroids.   (Pixabay)
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Asteroid 2023 JC3 belongs to the Amor group of asteroids. (Pixabay)

Want to seek out asteroids in space and help NASA keep track of them? NASA has a new Daily Minor Planet Project live, through which, astronomers and skywatchers can help the space agency discover new asteroids and track them in new data sets. But why do we need to track them? According to NASA, some of these ancient space rocks present a potential threat of collision with Earth while others can be helpful in discovering secrets of space. Although asteroids are located far away in space, mainly in the asteroid belt, they often make close approaches to Earth, passing the planet at close distances.

NASA has now issued an alert about an asteroid that is set to make its closest approach to Earth today.

Asteroid 2023 JC3 details

NASA, with the help of its advanced tech instruments such as satellites and telescopes, has issued an alert against an asteroid designated as Asteroid 2023 JC3. This space rock is already on its way towards Earth at a staggering speed of 48430 kilometers per hour and is expected to pass the planet at a distance of 4.9 million kilometers today, as per NASA.

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NASA has not designated this asteroid as a “Potentially Hazardous Asteroid” due to its relatively small size. At a width of 63 feet, this asteroid is almost as big as a house. But despite this, it could still potentially cause some damage, especially if it comes very close to the planet.

It is important to note that a similar-sized asteroid caused major damage in Russia nearly a decade ago. The asteroid which exploded over the city of Chelyabinsk was just 59 feet wide. When it exploded, it damaged nearly 8000 buildings and left over 1000 people injured.

NASA's asteroid tracking tech

NASA tracks asteroids using a combination of ground-based and space-based telescopes. The NASA-funded Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS), scans the night sky for moving objects and reports any potential asteroid detections, while some space-based observatories use infrared sensors to detect asteroids and their characteristics. Some of these include the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and the NEOWISE mission.

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First Published Date: 17 May, 10:46 IST