NASA’s asteroid warning! Huge asteroid hurtling towards Earth on September 12

A huge asteroid named Asteroid 2022 RJ2 is hurtling towards Earth. Will it miss the planet? Here’s what NASA had to say about this asteroid.

| Updated on: Sep 09 2022, 12:34 IST
This asteroid is worth $10,000 Quadrillion
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1/6 hereas other asteroids are generally made up of ice or rocks, this unique asteroid is made up of nickel, which is one of the building blocks of the solar system. One of the biggest asteroids in our Solar System, the 16 Psyche asteroid is made up of gold, nickel and iron deposits and is supposedly worth more than Earth's economy. The asteroid is worth nearly $10,000 Quadrillion. (NASA)
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2/6 The Psyche Mission will also help scientists to study and understand iron cores, a previously unexplored building block of planet formation. The 16 Psyche asteroid mission is a part of NASA's Discovery missions. (Pixabay)
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3/6 The findings of this mission could enable scientists to develop a way of using asteroids as resources. Asteroids could come in handy when building structures in space, such as bases on other planets or even the Moon. Due to their 85 percent metal structure, they could be an excellent source of minerals. It is even said that the raw materials extracted from asteroids could even exceed the metal reserves present on Earth. (NASA)
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4/6 The mission has been in the phase known as assembly, test, and launch operations since March 2021. Since the launch window is limited, scientists and engineers have worked round the clock in order to finish the spacecraft's assembly in time. However, due to unexpected software issues, the mission has now been delayed and pushed to 2023. (NASA)
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5/6 NASA said, "Due to the late delivery of the spacecraft's flight software and testing equipment, NASA does not have sufficient time to complete the testing needed ahead of its remaining launch period this year, which ends on October 11. The mission team needs more time to ensure that the software will function properly in flight." (NASA)
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6/6 In order to reach the asteroid, the spacecraft will fly by Mars for a gravity assist in May 2023 and, in early 2026, orbit around asteroid Psyche in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. NASA says that the Psyche mission is expected to launch in both 2023 and 2024, but due to the uncertainties, the exact dates of these potential launch periods are yet to be determined. (NASA)
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NASA warns of Asteroid 2022 RJ2 is heading straight for Earth. Here’s what the space agency said about Asteroid 2022 RJ2. (Pixabay)

NASA defines asteroids as rocky, airless remnants left over from the early formation of our solar system about 4.6 billion years ago. Most of them can be found orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter within the main asteroid belt. Asteroids come in all shapes and sizes, with the largest being nearly 530 kilometers in diameter called Vesta. Earth is being bombarded with asteroids this year. August alone has seen more than 35 asteroids passing by Earth closely and September is expected to follow the same trend. Now, another asteroid is on its way, NASA has warned.

Asteroid 2022 RJ2 heading for Earth at dangerous speed

A 45 feet wide asteroid named Asteroid 2022 RJ2 is expected to zoom past Earth on September 12. The asteroid is already on its way towards Earth, travelling at a staggering speed of 57,096 kilometers per hour. Nasa has issued a warning classifying the Asteroid 2022 RJ2 as a “Potentially Hazardous Object” due to the close proximity with which it will pass by Earth. Although it will not collide with Earth, a slight deviation in its trajectory due to the Earth's gravitational pull can send it towards Earth for an impact.

The Asteroid 2022 RJ2 is expected to make its closest approach to Earth on September 12 at a distance of just 1.17 million kilometers.

According to, the Asteroid 2022 RJ2 was discovered on September 3, 2022 and belongs to the main Apollo group of asteroids.

James Webb Space Telescope captures stunning images of Jupiter

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has captured stunning pictures of Jupiter. The space telescope has been excelling in its capabilities since its launch in December 2021. Now, the JWST has added another feather in its cap by capturing Jupiter in all its glory. The images captured by the James Webb Space Telescope could give scientists a look at the conditions of the gas giant.

Planetary astronomer Imke de Pater, professor emerita of the University of California, Berkeley said, “We hadn't really expected it to be this good, to be honest. It's really remarkable that we can see details on Jupiter together with its rings, tiny satellites, and even galaxies in one image.”

The images were captured by the telescope's Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam) instrument on July 27, which highlighted the planet's unique features. According to NASA, the NIRCam has three specialized infrared filters that showcase details of the planet.

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First Published Date: 09 Sep, 12:34 IST