Today’s Near-Earth Asteroids: THESE asteroids are approaching Earth – one could be dangerous!

On Friday, 11 asteroids will approach Earth at its closest point in orbit, one of which could be dangerous! An overview of the largest asteroids currently orbiting Earth and their potential threats.

According to NASA, there are over 1.1 million asteroids in our solar system. Tens of thousands more of these irregularly shaped rock bodies are discovered each month. Particular attention is paid to near-Earth asteroids, which do not orbit the Sun like most asteroids in the asteroid belt, but pass close enough to Earth’s orbit to pose a threat to our planet. In this article, we give you an overview of all the near-Earth asteroids that made their closest approach to Earth today.

On Friday, April 15, 2022, a total of 11 asteroids, including a potentially more dangerous asteroid, will pass close to their closest station during the day.

Largest near-Earth asteroids today

With a diameter of 168 to 375 meters, it is currently the largest asteroid near Earth. Today at 02:42, the spacecraft “(2016 KR3)” will make its closest approach to Earth. “(2019 OH1)” is the second largest near-Earth asteroid with a diameter of 80 to 179 meters. Today “(2022 FV1)” is the third largest near-Earth asteroid (49 m – 111 m).

Today, this asteroid is very close to Earth.

The asteroid (2022 FV1) is currently closest to Earth. At 11:25 p.m. it will pass in front of our planet. up to 9.2 million kilometers

“(2020 HQ)” was the asteroid that came closest to Earth without colliding. On August 16, 2020, it flew past the Earth at a speed of about 44,000 kilometers per hour, just 3,000 kilometers away. The experts did not see it coming because it came from the direction of the sun: it was only spotted 6 hours after its overflight. Even if it had collided, it probably would have done little damage on Earth. It is believed that if it had come close, it would have burned up in the atmosphere due to its small size, estimated at between 3 and 6 meters in diameter.

Potentially dangerous asteroids near Earth today

Asteroids closer to Earth than 0.05 AU (about 100 km) are potentially dangerous. 7.5 million km) and a maximum luminosity of 22 mag. As a result, they are believed to be large enough (at least 140m in diameter) to cause significant damage in a collision. Near-Earth asteroids are classified as potentially dangerous about 20% of the time.

“(2016 KR3)” is a potentially dangerous asteroid currently flying close to Earth.


First observation: 05/28/2016

Last observation: 31/05/2019

Absolute Brightness: 21 mag (dim)

Estimated diameter: 168 m to 375 m

Distance: 19.2 million km

Speed: 61,209.06 km/h (17 km/s)

On April 15, 2022 at 02:42, the shortest distance to earth was measured.

11 cruisers in Earth orbit near Earth

Orbital cruisers are asteroids that travel through Earth’s orbit. Near-Earth asteroids Apollo cross Earth’s orbit from the outside, while Near-Earth asteroids Aten cross Earth’s orbit from the inside. A total of 11 cruisers in Earth orbit are currently en route to our planet.

Amor and Atira type asteroids do not pass through Earth’s orbit. While the hard-to-find Atira asteroids are moving entirely within Earth’s orbit, the asteroids are approaching orbit from the outside.

All of today’s near-Earth asteroids at a glance

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