Near-Earth asteroids today: 11 cruisers in Earth orbit approaching!

12 asteroids will reach the point of their orbit closest to Earth this Saturday. 1 of them, “(2003 AF23)”, is considered potentially dangerous! A glimpse of the largest asteroids near Earth on April 16, 2022.

What asteroids are near Earth today?
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NASA is currently aware of over 1.1 million asteroids in the solar system. Thousands more are discovered each 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 near-Earth asteroids passing through the closest point in their orbit today.
On Saturday April 16, 2022, a total of 12 asteroids will reach their nearest station during the day, including 1 potentially more dangerous asteroid.

Largest near-Earth asteroids today

“(2003 AF23)” With an estimated diameter of 166 to 372 meters, it is currently the largest near-Earth asteroid. “(2003 AF23)” will make its closest approach to Earth today at 5:55 p.m. The second largest near-Earth asteroid is “(2022 EV2)” and has an estimated diameter of 71 to 159 meters. “(2022 GR2)” today ranks 3rd among the largest near-Earth asteroids (53 m – 119 m).

This asteroid comes particularly close to Earth today

The closest thing to Earth today is the asteroid “(GL3 2022)”. It approaches our planet at 5:55 p.m. at a distance of up to 0.8 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 to 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 an impact. About 20% of near-Earth asteroids are classified as potentially hazardous.
Today there is 1 potentially dangerous asteroid near Earth: “(2003 AF23)”.

(2003 AF23)
First finding: 08/01/2003
Last observation: 02/23/2021
Absolute magnitude: 21.02 mag (weak)
Estimated diameter: 166 m to 372 m
Distance: 61.7 million km
Speed: 68,334.27 km/h (18.98 km/s)
Time of shortest distance to earth: April 16, 2022 at 5:55 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: “(2011 UP63)”, “(2016 HP6)”, “(2016 RU33)”, “(2017 SN10)”, “(2018 LX5)”, “(2021 TS10) “, “(2022 GR2)”, “(2022 GL3)”, “(2022 GG5)”

  • Aten near-Earth asteroids today: “(2003 AF23)”, “(2021 LL15)”

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 asteroids near Earth today: “(2022 EV2)”

All near-Earth asteroids today at a glance

Surname distance Cut speed Type Meet close to the earth
(GL3 2022) 0.8 million kilometers 9 – 21 meters 19423km/h Apollo April 16, 2022 at 5:55 p.m.
(2022 GR2) 4 million kilometers 53 – 119 meters 95930km/h Apollo 04/16/2022 at 07:54
(2022 GG5) 4.5 million kilometers 19 – 42 meters 38572km/h Apollo 04/16/2022 at 1:04 p.m.
(2016HP6) 15.1 million kilometers 22 – 49 meters 30083km/h Apollo April 16, 2022 at 1:55 p.m.
(2022 EV2) 25.9 million kilometers 71 – 159 meters 19404km/h Cupid 04/16/2022 at 07:53
(TS10 2021) 27 million kilometers 20 – 46 meters 34845km/h Apollo April 16, 2022 at 11:12 p.m.
(2011UP63) 27.5 million kilometers 46 – 103 meters 35953km/h Apollo 04/16/2022 at 2:54 p.m.
(2021 LL15) 36.4 million kilometers 14-30m 22235km/h Aten 04/16/2022 at 02:42
(2017 SN10) 51.8 million kilometers 19 – 43 meters 54509km/h Apollo 04/16/2022 at 11:34 p.m.
(2016 RU33) 58.4 million kilometers 8 – 19 meters 64885km/h Apollo 04/16/2022 at 07:38
(2003 AF23) 61.7 million kilometers 166 – 372 meters 68334km/h Aten April 16, 2022 at 5:55 p.m.
(LX5 2018) 65 million kilometers 24 – 54 meters 31399km/h Apollo 04/16/2022 at 08:01

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