Terrifying 60-foot asteroid speeding towards Earth for a close encounter! NASA reveals details

NASA expects a huge asteroid to make a close approach to Earth soon. The space agency has revealed important details about this oncoming space rock.

| Updated on: May 08 2023, 06:43 IST
DANGER! Two asteroids larger than 250-foot on their way to Earth along with 3 others
1/5 Asteroid 2023 HT6: It is an airplane sized asteroid of 67 foot and is travelling towards Earth at a speed of 33012 kilometers per hour. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has alerted about the same and has informed that it will make its closest approach to planet Earth on Sunday, May 7, at a distance of 1.23 million kilometers. (Pixabay)
2/5 Asteroid 2023 HP1: It is another asteroid that will be zooming towards our planet on Sunday, May 7. NASA has informed that this 290 foot, building sized asteroid will make the closest Earth approach at a distance of 1.63 million kilometers and is travelling at a staggering speed of 41868 kilometers per hour. (Pixabay)
3/5 Asteroid 2023 HG1: Zooming towards Earth on May 9, NASA has warned that this 60 foot house sized asteroid named 2023 HG1 is travelling at a speed of 8496 kilometers per hour. This giant asteroid will make its closest approach to Earth at a distance of 4.16 million kilometers per hour. (Pixabay)
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4/5 Asteroid 2023 HT4: This 250 foot, building sized gigantic asteroid will be nearing planet Earth on May 12, 2023. This asteroid will make its closest approach to the planet at a distance of 6.08 million kilometers at a high speed of 32184 kilometers per hour. (Pixabay)
5/5 Asteroid 2021 JK7: This 150 foot asteroid will make its closest Earth approach at a distance of 6.38 million kilometers. The asteroid is travelling at a mind numbing speed of 82332 kilometers per hour and is said to pass by the planet without posing any kind of threat or danger. (Pixabay)
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Asteroid 2023 HG1 is a house-sized asteroid heading towards Earth. (Pixabay)

Asteroids have struck Earth several times in history and caused a major impact. According to NASA, a single asteroid collided with the planet nearly 65 million years ago, which is said to be the reason behind the extinction of dinosaurs. There have been other extinction level catastrophes too. Though the collision was cataclysmic and caused the dinosaurs to go extinct, our planet, and life itself, survived! Does this mean that Earth cannot be destroyed by an asteroid even though many living things on it may go extinct? Absolutely not! Due to the Earth's gravitational pull, the planet tends to attract celestial objects like asteroids and comets towards it, leading to impacts. We just have to look at the impact craters on moon to know how often it occurs.

Asteroids are plenty in number out there, some are far and some near, and now, NASA has revealed that another asteroid is on its way to a close encounter with Earth.

Asteroid 2023 HG1 key details

NASA has warned that an asteroid, given the designation of Asteroid 2023 HG1, is on its way towards Earth and will make its closest approach to the planet tomorrow, May 9. This space rock is travelling at a staggering speed of 8494 kilometers per hour and will pass Earth at a distance of 4.1 million kilometers. According to NASA, Asteroid 2023 HG1 is almost the size of a house with a width of nearly 60 feet!

Asteroid 2023 HG1 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.

Did you know?

One asteroid that NASA is studying up close, called Bennu, has a 1/2700 chance of impacting Earth between 2175 and 2195. The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will complete a 2-year investigation of Bennu before plucking a sample of asteroid material off its surface and delivering it back to Earth. Along with collecting a sample, OSIRIS-REx will also be studying how light absorbed from the Sun and re-radiated by Bennu affects its orbit—and consequently, how that orbit could become more dangerous for Earth.

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First Published Date: 08 May, 06:43 IST
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