Speedy asteroid heading for Earth today! NASA says its travelling at a fiery 23852 kmph

This speedy asteroid could make its way towards Earth as soon as today! Check out what NASA says about this space rock.

| Updated on: Nov 21 2022, 07:02 IST
5 terrifying asteroids heading for Earth! Biggest is 131-foot giant; check fearsome speed
1/5 Asteroid 2022 US14- A humongous 130-foot wide asteroid, named Asteroid 2022 US14, similar to the size of a commercial aircraft, is expected to come very close to the Earth tomorrow, November 18. How close? Just 3.2 million kilometers. The asteroid is already on its way towards Earth, travelling at a staggering speed of 29788 kilometers per hour. (Pixabay)
2/5 Asteroid 2022 WA- NASA has red-flagged another 48-foot asteroid named Asteroid 2022 WA due to its extremely close approach to the planet. The asteroid will make its closest approach to Earth tomorrow, November 18, at a distance of just 500,000 kilometers. It is already on its way towards the planet travelling at a speed of nearly 58387 kilometers per hour! (Pixabay)
3/5 Asteroid 2022 VM2 – This gigantic 76-foot asteroid will make its close trip to Earth at a distance of nearly 3.1 million kilometers. It is already speeding towards Earth faster than a bullet, travelling at a speed of 13345 kilometers per hour. (Pixabay)
4/5 Asteroid 2022 VO2 – NASA has warned that an asteroid named Asteroid 2022 VO2 is heading for Earth on November 19. The 131-foot asteroid is heading for Earth at a blistering speed of 52524 kilometers per hour. It will miss Earth today at an extremely close distance of 3.3 million kilometers. (Pixabay)
5/5 Asteroid 2022 VU1 – This week’s fifth asteroid, with a width of 95 feet, will make its closest approach to Earth on November 20, at a distance of 2.6 million kilometers. It is hurtling towards the planet at a terrifying speed of 25516 kilometers per hour, which is nearly the speed of a hyper ballistic missile! (Pixabay)
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After a number of asteroids passed very close to Earth earlier this week, another dangerous space rock could pass by today as we move into the new week. Asteroids have been responsible for some of the biggest events in history. From the Chelyabinsk disaster that claimed many lives to the meteor which caused the extinction of dinosaurs millions of years ago, whenever asteroids have crashed on Earth, they have impacted lives.

NASA keeps a watch on these asteroids by studying data collected by various telescopes and observatories such as the Pan-STARRS, the Catalina Sky Survey and the NEOWISE telescope. While some of this tech is in the sky, other is Earth-based.

Asteroid 2022 WD details

NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office has issued an alert against an asteroid named Asteroid 2022 WD. The 52-foot asteroid is expected to fly past Earth closely today, November 21, at a distance of 4.2 million kilometers. The asteroid is already on its way towards Earth, travelling at a staggering speed of 23852 kilometers per hour. Although this asteroid is not expected to impact Earth, a slight deviation in its path due to interaction with the planet's gravitational field could change its trajectory with catastrophic consequences.

According to NASA, the Asteroid 2022 WD belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids which are a group of Near-Earth asteroids named after the humongous 1862 Apollo asteroid, discovered by German astronomer Karl Reinmuth in the 1930s.

NASA's programme to observe and categorize asteroids

NASA has established a Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO), managed in the Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The PDCO ensures the early detection of potentially hazardous objects (PHOs) - asteroids and comets whose orbits are predicted to bring them within 0.05 Astronomical Units of Earth (5 million miles or 8 million kilometers).

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First Published Date: 21 Nov, 07:01 IST