Asteroid Heading Towards Earth: NASA Issues Update
June 28, 2023 09:09 | Last Update: 21:15
According to NASA, a colossal asteroid by the name of 2013 WV44 is hurtling towards Earth at an alarming speed. Comparable in length to ten buses, this massive celestial body poses a potential threat. However, NASA assures us that it will never come closer to Earth than 0.02334 astronomical units, equivalent to approximately 2.1 million miles.
Measuring an estimated 524 feet in diameter, this asteroid surpasses iconic landmarks such as the London Eye at 394 feet and Big Ben at 310 feet in size.
The near-Earth object being monitored by NASA is rapidly approaching its closest distance, reaching approximately 0.02334 AU or around 2.1 million miles. From an astronomical standpoint, this qualifies as relatively close.
NASA defines near-Earth objects as comets and asteroids that have been influenced by nearby planets’ gravity, causing them to intersect with the proximity of Earth.
Comets, primarily composed of water ice and dust grains, originated in the outer cold planetary systems, while rocky asteroids predominantly formed in the warmer inner solar system, occupying the space between Mars and Jupiter.
A near-Earth object (NEO) is classified as being within 1.3 astronomical units (AU) or approximately 120.8 million miles of the Sun, or within 0.3 AU (27.8 million miles) of Earth’s orbit. NASA includes it in their online tracker, which monitors celestial objects gradually approaching our planet.
Asteroids are deemed “potentially hazardous” if they come within 0.05 AU (4.65 million miles) of Earth and are larger than 459 feet (140 meters) in diameter. Fortunately, the 2013 WV44 does not meet these criteria, alleviating concerns about its potential danger.
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June 28, 2023 09:09 Last Update: 21:15
Asteroid hit the earth?
According to NASA, an asteroid called 2013 WV44 is so big that it is as long as 10 buses. It flies towards the earth at high speed, but the distance from the earth will never exceed 0.02334 of astronomical units, or about 2.1 million miles.
At an estimated 524 feet in diameter, the asteroid is larger than the London Eye at 394 feet and Big Ben at 310 feet.
The asteroid NASA is tracking, classified as a near-Earth object, is coming at its closest distance of about 0.02334 AU, or about 2.1 million miles. From an astronomical point of view, it is relatively close.
NASA refers to near-Earth objects such as comets and asteroids that are pushed into orbits by the gravity of nearby planets, bringing them into Earth’s vicinity.
Composed mainly of water ice and dust grains, comets originally formed in the cold outer planetary systems, while most rocky asteroids formed in the warmer inner solar system between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.
A NEO is defined as being within 1.3 astronomical units (AU) (120.8 million miles) of the Sun, or 0.3 AU (27.8 million miles) from Earth’s orbit. NASA lists it as one of its upcoming close objects on its online tracker, which collects celestial objects that are getting closer and closer to Earth.
An asteroid is defined as “potentially hazardous” if it is within 0.05 AU (4.65 million miles) of Earth and greater than 459 feet (140 meters) in diameter. Thankfully, the 2013WV44 does not meet these specifications, so it is not considered dangerous.
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