8 asteroids will reach the closest point in their orbit to Earth this Thursday. An overview of the currently largest asteroids near Earth.
NASA is currently aware of over 1.1 million asteroids. Thousands more are discovered every month. Special attention is paid to the so-called near-Earth asteroids, which do not move around the sun like most asteroids in the asteroid belt, but come close to Earth’s orbit and can therefore also be dangerous for the blue planet. In this article, we give you an overview of all the near-Earth asteroids that have reached the closest point in their orbit today.
On Thursday, June 16th, 2022, a total of 8 asteroids will reach their closest station during the day.
The largest near-Earth asteroids today
“354101 (2001 YF1)” is currently the largest with an estimated diameter of 369 to 824 meters asteroid near earth. “354101 (2001 YF1)” will make its closest approach to Earth at 11:17 p.m. today. The second largest near-Earth asteroid is “(2015 VK142)” and has an estimated diameter of 350 to 784 meters. “(2009 WF)” today ranks 3rd among the largest near-Earth asteroids (305 m – 682 m).
This asteroid is coming particularly close to Earth today
The closest thing to Earth today is the asteroid “(2016 JN)”. It approaches our planet at 1:33 p.m. at a distance of up to 27.8 million km.
The asteroid that has come closest to us so far without impacting Earth was “(2020 QG)”. On August 16, 2020, it flew past Earth at a speed of around 44,000 km/h, just 3,000 km away. Coming from the direction of the sun, experts didn’t see it coming: it was only spotted 6 hours after its flyby. It would probably not have caused much damage on Earth even if it had collided. Because of its small size, only 3 to 6 m in diameter, it is assumed that it would have burned up in the atmosphere if it had come closer.
Potentially dangerous asteroids
Potentially dangerous asteroids are those asteroids that are closer to Earth than 0.05 AU (approx. 7.5 million km) and have an absolute brightness of 22 mag or less. They are therefore considered large enough (at least around 140 m in diameter) to cause considerable damage in the event of an impact. About 20 percent of near-Earth asteroids are classified as potentially dangerous.
There are no potentially dangerous asteroids near Earth today.
6 Earth orbit cruisers near Earth
Asteroids that cross the orbit of the earth are also called orbit cruisers. Near-Earth type asteroids Apollo cross Earth’s orbit from outside, near-Earth type asteroids Aten cross the earth’s orbit from within. Today a total of 6 Earth orbit cruisers are approaching our planet.
Near-Earth Apollo asteroids today: “354101 (2001 YF1)”, “(2009 WF)”, “(2015 FK120)”, “(2016 WQ3)”
Near Earth Aten asteroids today: “(2017 QO1)”, “(2021 WH3)”
Amor and Atira type asteroids do not cross Earth’s orbit. While the hard-to-discover Atira-Asteroids move completely within Earth’s orbit, approaching type asteroids cupid the earth’s orbit from the outside.
- near-Earth Amor asteroids today: “(2015 VK142)”, “(2016 JN)”
All near-Earth asteroids today at a glance
|Surname||distance||size||speed||Type||Appointment close to earth|
|(2016 JN)||27.8 million km||56 – 124 m||35952km/h||cupid||06/16/2022 at 1:33 p.m|
|354101 (2001 YF1)||34.9 million km||369 – 824 m||37530km/h||Apollo||06/16/2022 at 11:17 p.m|
|(2016 WQ3)||56.1 million km||5-10m||51708km/h||Apollo||06/16/2022 at 07:26|
|(2021 WH3)||57.7 million km||18 – 39 m||47171km/h||Aten||06/16/2022 at 8:31 p.m|
|(2015 FK120)||59.6 million km||10 – 22 m||59119km/h||Apollo||06/16/2022 at 00:20|
|(2015 VK142)||63.4 million km||350 – 784 m||65388km/h||cupid||06/16/2022 at 01:09 am|
|(2017 QO1)||63.9 million km||11 – 24 m||61773km/h||Aten||06/16/2022 at 9:37 p.m|
|(2009 WF)||65.4 million km||305 – 682 m||29278km/h||Apollo||06/16/2022 at 04:08|
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