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Near Earth Asteroids Today: THESE Asteroids Are Approaching Earth – 1 Is Potentially Dangerous!

Near Earth Asteroids Today: THESE Asteroids Are Approaching Earth – 1 Is Potentially Dangerous!
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Today 9 asteroids reach the closest point in their orbit, 1 of which is potentially dangerous! An overview of the largest asteroids near Earth on May 19, 2022.

Which asteroids are near Earth today?
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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. This article gives you an overview of all the near-Earth asteroids that are passing the closest point in their orbit today.
On Thursday, May 19, 2022, a total of 9 asteroids will reach their closest station during the day, including 1 potentially more dangerous asteroid.

The largest near-Earth asteroids today

“(2018 VX)” With an estimated diameter of 168 to 375 meters, it is currently the largest asteroid near Earth. “(2018 VX)” will make its closest approach to Earth today at 02:56. The second largest near-Earth asteroid is “(2013 JL22)” and has an estimated diameter of 146 to 327 meters. “(2022 CW4)” today ranks 3rd among the largest near-Earth asteroids (56 m – 125 m).

This asteroid is coming particularly close to Earth today

The closest thing to Earth today is the asteroid “(2021 EP2)”. It will approach our planet at 6:13 p.m. at a distance of up to 14.3 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 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 is 1 potentially dangerous asteroid near Earth: “(2013 JL22)”.

(2013 JL22)
First observation: 08/24/2002
Last observation: 08/23/2020
Absolute magnitude: 21.3 mag (faint)
Estimated diameter: 146 m to 327 m
Distance: 59.1 million km
Speed: 109558.13 km/h (30.43 km/s)
Time of the shortest distance to earth: on 05/19/2022 at 03:07

9 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 9 Earth orbit cruisers are approaching our planet.

  • Apollo asteroids near Earth today: “(2013 JL22)”, “(2017 KX4)”, “(2017 YV3)”, “(2018 VX)”, “(2019 BQ2)”, “(2019 BL4)”, “( 2019 VT3)”

  • Near Earth Aten Asteroids Today: “(2021 EP2)”, “(2022 CW4)”

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
(2021 EP2) 14.3 million km 41 – 92 m 15019km/h Aten May 19, 2022 at 6:13 p.m
(2017 KX4) 31.7 million km 35 – 78 m 60302km/h Apollo 05/19/2022 at 3:27 p.m
(2017 YV3) 34.7 million km 27 – 59 m 21549km/h Apollo May 19, 2022 at 5:35 p.m
(2019 BQ2) 39.3 million km 11 – 24 m 63989km/h Apollo 05/19/2022 at 08:14
(2018 VX) 40.4 million km 168 – 375 m 78260km/h Apollo 05/19/2022 at 02:56 am
(2019 BL4) 47.6 million km 7 – 16 m 73590km/h Apollo 05/19/2022 at 11:07 am
(2022 CW4) 58.5 million km 56 – 125 m 38525km/h Aten 05/19/2022 at 10:16 p.m
(2013 JL22) 59.1 million km 146 – 327 m 109558km/h Apollo 05/19/2022 at 03:07
(2019 VT3) 60.2 million km 6 – 14 m 56935km/h Apollo 05/19/2022 at 10:29 am

+++ Editorial note: This text was created automatically based on current data from NASA. If you have any comments or questions, please contact [email protected] +++

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