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Near-Earth asteroids today: Between 475 and 1062 m in size! THIS rock is approaching Earth

Near-Earth asteroids today: Between 475 and 1062 m in size!  THIS rock is approaching Earth
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Today 10 asteroids reach the closest point in their orbit, 2 of them are potentially dangerous! An overview of the currently largest asteroids near Earth and potential dangers.

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 Earth’s orbit and can therefore also be dangerous for the blue planet. This article gives you an overview of all the near-Earth asteroids that are today reaching the closest point in their orbit.
On Friday, June 17th, 2022, a total of 10 asteroids will reach their closest station during the day, including 2 potentially dangerous asteroids.

The largest near-Earth asteroids today

“275714 (2000 YH4)” is currently the largest with an estimated diameter of 475 to 1062 meters asteroid near earth. “275714 (2000 YH4)” will make its closest approach to Earth at 11:33 p.m. today. The second largest near-Earth asteroid is “3361 Orpheus (1982 HR)” and has an estimated diameter of 352 to 787 meters. “(2017 NH)” today ranks 3rd among the largest near-Earth asteroids (133 m – 298 m).

This asteroid is coming particularly close to Earth today

The closest thing to Earth today is the asteroid “(2019 MH1)”. It approaches our planet at 8:01 a.m. at a distance of up to 10.2 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 of 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 near Earth today

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.
Today there are 2 potentially dangerous asteroids near Earth: “3361 Orpheus (1982 HR)” and “(2017 NH)”.

3361 Orpheus (1982 HR)
First observation: 04/24/1982
Last observation: 02/10/2022
Absolute magnitude: 19.39 mag (faint)
Estimated diameter: 352 m to 787 m
Distance: 69.1 million km
Speed: 28698.36 km/h (7.97 km/s)
Time of the shortest distance to earth: on 06/17/2022 at 00:25

(2017 NH)
First observation: 07/01/2017
Last observation: 03/15/2020
Absolute brightness: 21.5 mag (faint)
Estimated diameter: 133 m to 298 m
Distance: 56.8 million km
Speed: 67595.76 km/h (18.78 km/s)
Time of the shortest distance to earth: on 06/17/2022 at 00:21

10 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 10 Earth orbit cruisers are approaching our planet.

  • Apollo asteroids near Earth today: “3361 Orpheus (1982 HR)”, “275714 (2000 YH4)”, “(2017 CO1)”, “(2017 NH)”, “(2017 WR12)”, “(2018 HV)” , “(2019 WG2)”, “(2020 YK)”

  • Near Earth Aten asteroids today: “(2019 MH1)”, “(2021 SA2)”

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.

All near-Earth asteroids today at a glance

Surname distance size speed Type Appointment close to earth
(2019 MH1) 10.2 million km 33 – 75 m 66065km/h Aten 06/17/2022 at 08:01
275714 (2000 YH4) 41 million km 475 – 1062 m 78872km/h Apollo 06/17/2022 at 11:33 p.m
(2018 AGM) 51.1 million km 4-10m 44910km/h Apollo 06/17/2022 at 00:30 a.m
(2017 CO1) 54.7 million km 56 – 124 m 28581km/h Apollo 06/17/2022 at 12:06 p.m
(2017 NH) 56.8 million km 133 – 298 m 67596km/h Apollo 06/17/2022 at 00:21
(2019 WG2) 57.2 million km 29 – 65 m 66078km/h Apollo 06/17/2022 at 5:09 p.m
(2017 WR12) 59.6 million km 101 – 226 m 73220km/h Apollo 06/17/2022 at 06:40 a.m
(2020 YK) 63.6 million km 116 – 259 m 104974km/h Apollo 06/17/2022 at 01:04
3361 Orpheus (1982 HR) 69.1 million km 352 – 787 m 28698km/h Apollo 06/17/2022 at 00:25
(2021 SA2) 69.5 million km 15 – 34 m 51896km/h Aten 06/17/2022 at 3:03 p.m

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