Scary! 120-foot asteroid rushing towards Earth today at a fiery speed of 46044 kmph, says NASA | Tech News

Scary! 120-foot asteroid rushing towards Earth today at a fiery speed of 46044 kmph, says NASA

A scary 120 foot asteroid is all set to cross its path with planet Earth today. NASA has informed about its distance, speed and more.

| Updated on: Jan 28 2023, 09:18 IST
Top astronomy photos of the week by NASA: Galaxy wars, Nebula, Moon to Sun, check them out
1/7 On January 14, NASA released an image of Perihelion Sun 2023, the image was taken after January 4, at the Earth's closest approach to the Sun. It was taken less than 24 hours after the earth's close approach. (Peter Ward (Barden Ridge Observatory))
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2/7 On January 15, another photograph was released of The Crab Nebula snapped by the Hubble Space Telescope. The Crab Nebula, the result of a supernova seen in 1054 AD, is filled with mysterious filaments. ( NASA, ESA, Hubble, J. Hester, A. Loll (ASU))
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3/7 On January 16, NASA released an image of Moon Enhanced. The featured image is a composite of multiple images enhanced to bring up real surface features. The dark areas in the image, called maria, have fewer craters and were once seas of molten lava. Additionally, the image colours, although based on the moon's real composition, are changed, and exaggerated. (Darya Kawa Mirza)
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4/7 On January 17, the image of unexpected clouds toward the Andromeda Galaxy was released. (Yann Sainty & Marcel Drechsler)
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5/7 Image of MACS0647: Gravitational Lensing of the Early Universe Captured by James Webb Space Telescope was released by NASA on January 18. ( NASA, ESA, CSA, Dan Coe (STScI), Rebecca Larson (UT), Yu-Yang Hsiao (JHU); Processing: Alyssa Pagan (STScI); Text: Michael Rutkowski (Minn. St. U. Mankato))
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6/7 On January 19, the image of The Seagull Nebula was released. The complex of gas and dust clouds with other stars of the Canis Majoris OB1 association spans over 200 light-years. (Carlos Taylor)
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7/7 Galaxy Wars: M81 and M82, this image was released on January 20. On the right, with grand spiral arms and bright yellow core is spiral galaxy M81.  (Andreas Aufschnaiter)
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Here is all you need to know about Asteroid 2023 BC and how close it will come to Earth today. (Pixabay)

Asteroids can be of varied sizes, the larger the size, the more dangerous they can be for planet Earth. Though no one can predict an upcoming danger or threat, what can surely be done is to stay alert. And this is what NASA does. The space research organisation keeps an eye on all the near-Earth objects like asteroids, comets, among others, which can pose a threat to the planet.

As per the latest information shared by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) the 120-foot Asteroid 2023 BC is rushing towards planet Earth today, January 28, 2023 at a fiery speed. So, is this asteroid going to come too close to Earth for comfort? Asteroid 2023 BC's closest approach to Earth will be 2830000 kilometers, according to NASA's JPL.

The 120-foot, airplane sized asteroid is moving at a great speed of 46044 kilometer per hour (12.79km/sec). Let us tell you, that the asteroid is not posing any kind of threat or danger for our planet and will simply fly past it.

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It can be known that the majority of near-Earth objects have orbits that don't bring them very close to Earth, and therefore, pose no risk of impact, but a small fraction of them – called potentially hazardous asteroids – require more attention. These objects are defined as asteroids that are more than about 460 feet (140 meters) in size with orbits that bring them as close as within 4.6 million miles (7.5 million kilometers) of Earth's orbit around the Sun.

NASA has deployed a number of Earth and Sky-based technologies to keep a constant eye on the movement of asteroids that come too close to the planet. Scientists and researchers keep an eye on the movements of these objects through various technical marvels like telescopes or various kinds and satellites. CNEOS also continuously monitors all known near-Earth objects to assess any impact risk they may pose.

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First Published Date: 28 Jan, 09:18 IST