Near-Earth Asteroids Today: Which Asteroids Are Moving Near Earth?

Near-Earth Asteroids Today: Which Asteroids Are Moving Near Earth?
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“(2017 KA5)” comes particularly close to us! A total of 4 near-Earth asteroids reach the closest point in their orbit today. 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. This article gives you an overview of all the near-Earth asteroids that are today reaching the closest point in their orbit.
On Monday, June 20th, 2022, a total of 4 asteroids will reach their closest station during the day.

The largest near-Earth asteroids today

“66251 (1999 FY2)” is currently the largest with an estimated diameter of 1020 to 2281 meters asteroid near earth. “66251 (1999 GJ2)” makes its closest approach to Earth at 09:14 today. The second largest near-Earth asteroid is “205388 (2001 DV8)” and has an estimated diameter of 202 to 451 meters. “(2017 KA5)” today ranks 3rd among the largest near-Earth asteroids (20 m – 45 m).

This asteroid is coming particularly close to Earth today

The closest thing to Earth today is the asteroid “(2017 KA5)”. It approaches our planet at 9:42 p.m. at a distance of up to 16.7 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.

2 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 2 earth orbit cruisers are approaching our planet.

  • Near Earth Aten asteroids today: “(2017 KA5)”, “(2021 VX11)”

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: “66251 (1999 GJ2)”, “205388 (2001 DV8)”

All near-Earth asteroids today at a glance

Surname distance size speed Type Appointment close to earth
(2017 KA5) 16.7 million km 20 – 45 m 28663km/h Aten 06/20/2022 at 9:42 p.m
(2021 VX11) 34.6 million km 15 – 34 m 24693km/h Aten 6/20/2022 at 4:44 am
205388 (2001 DV8) 59.6 million km 202 – 451 m 19632km/h cupid 20.06.2022 at 6.20 p.m
66251 (1999 FY2) 69.8 million km 1020 – 2281 m 14907km/h cupid 06/20/2022 at 09:14 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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