Near-Earth Asteroids Today: THESE asteroids are approaching Earth – 1 is potentially dangerous!

“(2022 GL4)” comes closest to earth! A total of 13 near-Earth asteroids are reaching the closest point in their orbit today. A glimpse of the largest asteroids near Earth on April 14, 2022.

What asteroids are near Earth today?
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NASA currently knows of more than 1.1 million asteroids. Thousands more of these generally irregularly shaped rock bodies are discovered every month. Particular attention is paid to so-called near-Earth asteroids, which do not move around the sun like most asteroid belt asteroids, but approach Earth’s orbit and can therefore also be dangerous for the planet. blue. In this article, we give you an overview of all the near-Earth asteroids that have reached the closest point in their orbit today.
On Thursday April 14, 2022, a total of 13 asteroids will reach their nearest station during the day, including 1 potentially more dangerous asteroid.

Largest near-Earth asteroids today

“(2005 TF49)” With an estimated diameter of 393 to 879 meters, it is currently the largest near-Earth asteroid. “(2005 TF49)” makes its closest approach to Earth today at 2:28 p.m. The second largest near-Earth asteroid is “(2017 KD5)” and has an estimated diameter of 291 to 652 meters. “(2010TX54)” today ranks 3rd among the largest near-Earth asteroids (169 m – 378 m).

This asteroid comes particularly close to Earth today

The closest thing to Earth today is the asteroid “(GL4 2022)”. It approaches our planet at 03:59 at a distance of up to 1.1 million km.
The asteroid that has come closest to us so far without impacting Earth was “(2020 HQ)”. On August 16, 2020, it flew past the Earth at a speed of around 44,000 km/h, just 3,000 km away. Coming from the direction of the sun, the experts did not see it coming: it was spotted only 6 hours after its overflight. It probably wouldn’t have caused much damage on Earth even if it had collided. Due to its small size, only 3–6 m in diameter, it is assumed that it would have burned up in the atmosphere if it had come close.

Potentially dangerous asteroids near Earth today

Potentially hazardous asteroids are asteroids that approach within 0.05 AU (about 7.5 million km) and have an absolute luminosity of 22 mag or less. They are therefore considered large enough (at least about 140 m in diameter) to cause considerable damage in the event of a collision. About 20% of near-Earth asteroids are classified as potentially dangerous.
Today there is 1 potentially dangerous asteroid near Earth: “(2005 TF49)”.

(2005 TF49)
First observation: 21/10/1989
Last observation: 03/02/2022
Absolute magnitude: 19.15 mag (low)
Estimated diameter: 393 m to 879 m
Distance: 42.1 million km
Speed: 55,103.92 km/h (15.31 km/s)
Time of shortest distance to earth: April 14, 2022 at 2:28 p.m.

11 cruisers in Earth orbit near Earth

Asteroids that cross Earth’s orbit are also called orbital cruisers. Near-Earth type asteroids Apollo cross Earth’s orbit from outside, near-Earth type asteroids Aten cross Earth’s orbit from within. Today, a total of 11 Earth-orbiting cruisers are approaching our planet.

  • Apollo asteroids near Earth today: “(2005 TF49)”, “(2010 TX54)”, “(2018 VU)”, “(2020 QH)”, “(2021 GR)”, “(2021 VP10) “, “(2022 FR3)”, “(2022 GL4)”

  • Asteroids near Earth Aten today: “(2017 KD5)”, “(2019 UP13)”, “(2021 HO2)”

Amor and Atira type asteroids do not cross Earth’s orbit. While the hard to find Atira-Asteroids move completely inside Earth’s orbit, approaching type asteroids Cupid Earth’s orbit from outside.

  • Amor near-Earth asteroids today: “(2018 EZ)”, “(2018 TX1)”

All near-Earth asteroids today at a glance

Surname distance Cut speed Type Meet close to the earth
(GL4 2022) 1.1 million kilometers 11 – 25 meters 49002km/h Apollo 04/14/2022 at 03:59
(2022 FR3) 7 million kilometers 69 – 153 meters 30059km/h Apollo 04/14/2022 at 12:09
(QH 2020) 15.9 million kilometers 21 – 47 meters 37753km/h Apollo 04/14/2022 at 15:07
(2017 KD5) 31.4 million kilometers 291 – 652 meters 91624km/h Aten 04/14/2022 at 05:19
(2021GR) 42.1 million kilometers 6 – 14 meters 53104km/h Apollo 04/14/2022 at 10:16 p.m.
(2005 TF49) 42.1 million kilometers 393 – 879m 55104km/h Apollo 04/14/2022 at 2:28 p.m.
(SR 2018) 52.2 million kilometers 44 – 99 meters 49013km/h Cupid 04/14/2022 at 10:09 a.m.
(VP10 2021) 60.6 million kilometers 7 – 16 meters 18114km/h Apollo 04/14/2022 at 12:50 p.m.
(2021 HO2) 63.2 million kilometers 7 – 16 meters 60526km/h Aten 04/14/2022 at 03:46
(2019 UP13) 64.7 million kilometers 53 – 119 meters 63021km/h Aten 04/14/2022 at 09:02 PM
(2018TX1) 66 million kilometers 35 – 78 meters 41130km/h Cupid 04/14/2022 at 01:48
(2010TX54) 68.7 million kilometers 169 – 378 meters 50123km/h Apollo April 14, 2022 at 2:10 p.m.
(SEEN 2018) 74.6 million kilometers 20 – 45 meters 45384km/h Apollo 04/14/2022 at 10:53 p.m.

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