8 asteroids will reach the closest point in their orbit to Earth this Sunday. 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 rather come close to the Earth’s orbit and can therefore also become dangerous to the Earth. In this article we give you an overview of all the near-Earth asteroids that are passing the closest point in their orbit today.
On Sunday, June 12th, 2022, a total of 8 asteroids will reach their closest station during the day.
The largest near-Earth asteroids today
“(2011 WA)” is currently the largest with an estimated diameter of 123 to 275 meters asteroid near earth. “(2011 WA)” makes its closest approach to earth today at 06:52. The second largest near-Earth asteroid is “(2014 OL339)” and has an estimated diameter of 70 to 156 meters. “(2021 TW7)” today ranks 3rd among the largest near-Earth asteroids (40 m – 89 m).
This asteroid is coming particularly close to Earth today
The closest thing to Earth today is the asteroid “(2006 XW4)”. It approaches our planet at 04:48 a.m. at a distance of up to 2.2 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 come closer 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 a collision. About 20 percent of near-Earth asteroids are classified as potentially dangerous.
There are no potentially dangerous asteroids near Earth today.
7 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 7 Earth orbit cruisers are approaching our planet.
Apollo asteroids near Earth today: “(2006 XW4)”, “(2016 VX1)”, “(2021 CN5)”, “(2021 TW7)”
Near Earth Aten asteroids today: “(2011 WA)”, “(2014 OL339)”, “(2019 AD3)”
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: “(2020 JP3)”
All near-Earth asteroids today at a glance
|Surname||distance||size||speed||Type||Appointment close to earth|
|(2006 XW4)||2.2 million km||37 – 82 m||26172km/h||Apollo||06/12/2022 at 04:48 am|
|(2016 VX1)||12.3 million km||27 – 59 m||52079km/h||Apollo||06/12/2022 at 03:02|
|(2020 JP3)||28.4 million km||32 – 71 m||7567km/h||cupid||06/12/2022 at 8:32 p.m|
|(2014 OL339)||46.7 million km||70 – 156 m||38102km/h||Aten||06/12/2022 at 02:46 am|
|(2019 AD3)||54.3 million km||17 – 38 m||46115km/h||Aten||06/12/2022 at 08:06|
|(2021 TW7)||59.8 million km||40 – 89 m||27024km/h||Apollo||06/12/2022 at 05:06|
|(2021 CN5)||68.7 million km||7 – 16 m||69199km/h||Apollo||06/12/2022 at 8:01 p.m|
|(2011 WA)||69 million km||123 – 275 m||80671km/h||Aten||06/12/2022 at 06:52|
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