NASA warns AGAIN! Hazardous asteroid heading for Earth tomorrow!

Alert! This hazardous asteroid is heading for our planet tomorrow. Here’s what NASA said about this asteroid.

| Updated on: Sep 06 2022, 16:26 IST
What is an Asteroid? NASA defines what these dangerous objects in sky are
1/5 An asteroid is a small, rocky object hurtling through the sky. When seen in a telescope, an asteroid 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. (Pixabay)
Asteroid and Earth
2/5 Asteroids have several shapes, they may be spherical, elongated, or oddly shaped. Some asteroids even have their own satellites! Asteroids also vary in size. From Vesta, the largest at about 530 kilometers in diameter, to asteroids that are less than 10 meters in diameter, they can be found in all shapes and sizes. (Pixabay)
3/5 Asteroids are also called minor planets. These celestial objects are the remains of the period during which our solar system formed, over 4.6 billion years ago. According to NASA, the current known asteroid count is 1,113,527. (HT_PRINT)
4/5 Asteroids can potentially threaten life on Earth. Apocalyptic movies like Deep Impact, Armageddon and Don't Look Up have always explored the ‘What Ifs’ of world destruction, with the most famous means of world destruction being asteroids crashing into Earth. (Pixabay)
5/5 To counter this, NASA had readied itself to potentially defend the planet against a very similar threat that is posed by asteroids by preparing the DART mission. It involves smashing a spacecraft into an oncoming asteroid at a speed of nearly 23,000kph. This knowledge will be used if an actual asteroid threatens to crash against the Earth. It will help avert an Armageddon on Earth and perhaps, even save humanity from extinction. (NASA)
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NASA has warned people to beware of a hazardous asteroid which is heading for us tomorrow. (HT_PRINT)

NASA has warned people to beware of a hazardous asteroid which is heading for us tomorrow.

Story: In the midst of high solar activity this past week, another asteroid is headed for us. NASA has issued yet another asteroid warning for the asteroid that is expected to pass by Earth closely tomorrow, September 7. We are just in the first week of September and there have already been more than 7 asteroid flybys already. August witnessed more than 40 asteroids flying closely past Earth and the month of September seems to follow suit.

Asteroid 2022 RR1 to just miss Earth tomorrow

NASA has warned that an asteroid named Asteroid 2022 RR1 is heading for Earth and is expected to pass by Earth very closely tomorrow, September 7. The asteroid will make its closest approach to Earth tomorrow at a distance of just 732,000 kilometers or 0.004891 astronomical units, making it one of the closest asteroid flybys we have had this year. 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 kilometers.

Asteroid 2022 RR1 is already on its way towards us travelling at a staggering speed of 29,412 kilometers per hour.

To study asteroids that are not in the asteroid belt, NASA has the Lucy Space Mission. NASA launched its Lucy spacecraft on Oct. 16, 2021 from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. This is NASA's first space mission to study the Trojans, a group of asteroids which orbit the Sun in two groups, according to NASA. It is built to seek out trojan asteroids millions of miles from Earth.

The mission is already proving to be fruitful as the trojan asteroid-seeking spacecraft recently discovered an asteroid called Polymele that had its own satellite. Polymele's satellite is roughly 5 miles in diameter orbiting the asteroid about 200 kilometers from the asteroid. The asteroid itself is almost 17 miles in diameter and is nearly 480 million miles from Earth.

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First Published Date: 06 Sep, 16:26 IST