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Today’s Near-Earth Asteroids: Potentially Dangerous! THESE asteroids are approaching Earth

With “(2001 XP31)” and “(2015 BK515)” – in addition to 9 other asteroids – today 2 potentially dangerous asteroids reach the nearest point in their orbit. An overview of currently the largest asteroids near Earth and potential dangers.

Which asteroids are close to Earth today? Image: Adobe Stock / Matthieu

NASA currently knows of more than 1.1 million asteroids in the solar system. Every month, thousands of other, usually irregularly shaped rock bodies are discovered. 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 approach the Earth’s orbit and can therefore be dangerous to our home planet. In this article, we bring you an overview of all near-Earth asteroids that have reached their nearest point in their orbit today. On Saturday, April 23, 2022, a total of 11 asteroids, including 2 potentially dangerous asteroids, will reach their nearest station during the day.

The largest near-Earth asteroids today

“(2013 JX28)” is currently the largest asteroid near Earth with an estimated diameter of 254 to 568 meters. “(2013 JX28)” is closest to Earth today at 04:58. The second largest near-Earth asteroid is “(2015 BK515)” and has an estimated diameter of 177 to 396 meters. “(2013 HJ19)” ranks 3rd among the largest near-Earth asteroids (133 m – 298 m).

Today, this asteroid is approaching especially close to Earth

Today, the closest to Earth is the asteroid “(2015 BK515)”. It will approach our planet at 18:33 at a distance of up to 13.2 million km. The asteroid that has come closest to us so far without impacting the Earth was “(2020 QG)”. On August 16, 2020, it flew around the Earth at speeds of around 44,000 km / h, only 3,000 km away. Coming from the direction of the Sun, experts did not see him coming: he was not seen until 6 hours after the flight. It probably wouldn’t do much damage to Earth, even if it collided. Due to its small size, only 3 to 6 m in diameter, it is expected to burn in the atmosphere if approached.

Potentially dangerous asteroids today near Earth

Potentially dangerous asteroids are those asteroids that approach closer than 0.05 AU (approximately 7.5 million km) and have an absolute brightness of 22 mag or less. They are therefore considered to be large enough (at least around 140 m in diameter) to cause significant damage in the event of an impact. About 20 percent of near-Earth asteroids are classified as potentially dangerous. Today, there are potentially dangerous asteroids near Earth 2: “(2001 XP31)” and “(2015 BK515)”.

(2001 XP31) First observation: 12/11/2001 Last observation: 04/07/2022 Absolute magnitude: 22.15 mag (weak) Estimated diameter: 99 m to 221 m Distance: 50.8 million km Speed: 24710, 8 km / h / s) Shortest time to Earth: April 23, 2022 at 8:17 PM

(2015 BK515) First observation: 04.09.2013 Last observation: 07.04 km / s) Shortest distance to Earth: 23. april 2022 at 18:33

8 cruisers in Earth’s orbit near Earth

Asteroids that orbit the Earth are also called orbiting cruisers. Apollo-type near-Earth asteroids cross the Earth’s orbit from the outside, Aten-type near-Earth asteroids cross the Earth’s orbit from the inside. Today, a total of 8 cruisers in Earth’s orbit are approaching our planet.

  • Apollo asteroids today near Earth: “(2001 XP31)”, “(2015 BK515)”, “(2018 KN2)”, “(2018 RY7)”, “(2019 XP)”, “(2020 HA7)”

  • Today Asteroids Near Earth Athens: “(2003 YG136)”, “(2021 NM)”

Asteroids such as Cupid and Atira do not cross Earth’s orbit. While the elusive asteroids Atira move exclusively in Earth’s orbit, Cupid-type asteroids approach Earth’s orbit from the outside.

  • today near-Earth asteroids Cupid: “(2013 HJ19)”, “(2016 GF216)”

An overview of all today’s near-Earth asteroids

NamedistanceSpeedtyPedenearestness (2015 BK515) 13.2 million KM177 – 396 m24998 km / hAPOLLO23.04.2022 at 18.33h (2018 RY7) 25.3 million KM35 – 78 m35740 km / hAPollo23.04.2022 at 12.35H28 gf (2016) 28 millionGF km28 – 62 m23616 km / hamor23 / 04/2022 at 15:18 (2019 XP) 33.8 M km13 – 28 m66824 km / hApollo23 / 04/2022 at 19:04 (2020 HA7) 41.2 M km84 – 188 m696024 km / hApol0404 km / hApollo04 55 (2001 XP31) 50.8 million km99 – 221 m24711 km / hApollo04 / 23/2022 at 20:17 (2003 YG136) 57.1 million km23 – 52 m51354 km / hAten23 / 034 million HJ: 1023 / 034/82 HJ: 1023 182034 2021 km133 – 298 m50138 km / hAmor23.04.2022 at 12:13 (2021 NM) 64.5 million km15 – 34 m50765 km / hAten23.04.2022 at 03:23 23/ 2022 127 23 23 h 21 (2013 JX28) 69.2 million km254 – 568 m92674 km / hIEO23 / 04/2022 at 04:58

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