Near-Earth asteroids today: Between 193 and 431 m in size! THIS chunk is approaching Earth

Near-Earth asteroids today: Between 193 and 431 m in size!  THIS chunk is approaching Earth
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Today 9 asteroids reach the closest point in their orbit. An overview of the largest asteroids near Earth on 04.06.2022.

NASA is currently aware of over 1.1 million asteroids in the solar system. 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 the Earth’s orbit and can therefore also be dangerous to our home planet. 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 Saturday, June 4th, 2022, a total of 9 asteroids will reach their closest station during the day.

The largest near-Earth asteroids today

“(2003 ME7)” is currently the largest with an estimated diameter of 193 to 431 meters asteroid near earth. “(2003 ME7)” will make its closest approach to Earth today at 2:37 p.m. The second largest near-Earth asteroid is “(2019 AS4)” and has an estimated diameter of 116 to 259 meters. “(2009 QH6)” today ranks 3rd among the largest near-Earth asteroids (84 m – 188 m).

This asteroid is coming particularly close to Earth today

The closest thing to Earth today is the asteroid “(2010 KJ37)”. It approaches our planet at 10:12 p.m. at a distance of up to 24.1 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 a collision. 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.

  • Apollo asteroids near Earth today: “(2009 QH6)”, “(2017 RP15)”, “(2021 KQ1)”

  • Near Earth Aten asteroids today: “(2011 TK5)”, “(2018 PZ21)”, “(2019 HS)”

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: “(2003 ME7)”, “(2010 KJ37)”, “(2019 AS4)”

All near-Earth asteroids today at a glance

Surname distance size speed Type Appointment close to earth
(2010 KJ37) 24.1 million km 44 – 97 m 28788km/h cupid 06/04/2022 at 10:12 p.m
(2018 PZ21) 36.6 million km 12 – 27 m 15754km/h Aten 06/04/2022 at 10:35 am
(2003 ME7) 36.6 million km 193 – 431 m 35803km/h cupid 6/4/2022 at 2:37 p.m
(2009 QH6) 54.8 million km 84 – 188 m 21139km/h Apollo 6/4/2022 at 2:56 am
(2019 HS) 58.5 million km 10 – 22 m 62594km/h Aten 6/4/2022 at 5:49 am
(2011 TK5) 61.4 million km 73 – 164 m 39761km/h Aten 6/4/2022 at 4:17 p.m
(2021 KQ1) 61.4 million km 7 – 16 m 75224km/h Apollo 06/04/2022 at 11:29 p.m
(2017 RP15) 62.1 million km 13 – 30 m 24308km/h Apollo 6/4/2022 at 6:38 am
(2019 AS4) 65.6 million km 116 – 259 m 33678km/h cupid 04.06.2022 at 10.10 a.m

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