Scary aircraft-sized asteroid headed for Earth today! NASA reveals flight path

A huge aircraft-sized asteroid is on its way towards Earth! Is the planet in any danger? Here’s what NASA has to say about the asteroid.

| Updated on: Sep 06 2022, 09:59 IST
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1/5 The Asteroid Hunter project was a citizen science project by researchers and engineers at the European Science and Technology Centre and the European Space Astronomy Centre’s Science Data Centre, in collaboration with Google and Zooniverse. (NASA)
2/5 The project’s discovery has highlighted the Hubble Telescope’s ability to capture images of faint asteroids, which was previously unknown. (REUTERS)
3/5 he images were part of Hubble’s astronomy archive which was studied by scientists and engineers to reveal the asteroid trails. It is a major step towards the new method of studying archives to study astronomy. (NASA)
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4/5 The revelation also reaffirms the importance of civilian contribution in scientific discoveries and endeavours. (Hubble Space Telescope/ESA)
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5/5 The Hubble Telescope is in an orbit and revolves around in space. Scientists can deduct the distance of asteroids from Earth and its orbit by calculating the position of Hubble during the observation and measuring the curvature of the streaks. (AP)
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Check out what NASA says about the scary Asteroid 2022 QC7 which is set to pass close by Earth today, September 6. (Pixabay)

NASA' Planetary Defense Coordination Office has red flagged an asteroid named Asteroid 2022 QC7 which is expected to fly past Earth at an extremely close distance. According to NASA, the asteroid will pass Earth at a distance of just 4.6 million kilometers from Earth today, September 6.

NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office is responsible for monitoring the skies and keeping a watch on various Near-Earth Objects (NEOs). If any celestial object is at risk of Earth impact, it red flags and issues the alert. The Asteroid 2022 QC7 has also been red flagged by NASA. Although the asteroid is not heading for impact with Earth, it was still classified as a Potentially Hazardous Object due to the close proximity with which it will pass by Earth. Asteroids which come closer than 8 million kilometers from Earth's orbit are classified as potentially hazardous asteroids, according to NASA.

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Current trajectory of Asteroid 2022 QC7. (NASA)
 Asteroid 2022 QC7
Current trajectory of Asteroid 2022 QC7. (NASA)

The Asteroid 2022 QC will fly past Earth today, September 6 at 07:09 am at a distance of just 4.6 million kilometers from Earth at a staggering speed of 32,724 kilometers per hour. Remarkably, after today, the asteroid will make its next closest approach to Earth on October 28, 2144!

Asteroid - the source of water on Earth?

Meanwhile, it has been revealed that until now, it was believed that water was already present on Earth from earliest times. However, a recent study has made an astonishing discovery that puts this very thought into doubt. The study has revealed that water may have originated on asteroids.

The study was conducted after collecting samples from an asteroid called Ryugu by the Japanese Hayabusa-2 space probe during a 6-year space mission. The probe gathered 5.4 grams of dust and rock samples from the asteroid which scientists used to gather information on the origin of life.

"Volatile and organic-rich C-type asteroids may have been one of the main sources of Earth's water," the scientists said in the published paper.

"The delivery of volatiles (that is, organics and water) to the Earth is still a subject of notable debate.” However, the presence of organic materials found in “in Ryugu particles, identified in this study, probably represent one important source of volatiles”.

The study said, "Ryugu particles are undoubtedly among the most uncontaminated Solar System materials available for laboratory study and ongoing investigations of these precious samples will certainly expand our understanding of early Solar System processes.”

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First Published Date: 06 Sep, 09:59 IST
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