Near-Earth asteroids today: between 235 and 525 m in size! THIS rock is approaching the Earth

“(2022 GX4)” comes closest to us! A total of 11 near-Earth asteroids are reaching the closest point in their orbit today. An overview of the largest asteroids currently near Earth.

What asteroids are near Earth today?
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NASA currently knows of more than 1.1 million asteroids. Thousands more 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 Sunday, April 17, 2022, a total of 11 asteroids will reach their nearest station during the day.

Largest near-Earth asteroids today

“(2020 RE)” is currently the largest with an estimated diameter of 235 to 525 meters asteroid near the ground. “(2020 RE)” will make its closest approach to Earth today at 07:16. The second largest near-Earth asteroid is “(2009 HM82)” and has an estimated diameter of 77 to 171 meters. “(GC1 2022)” today ranks 3rd among the largest near-Earth asteroids (72 m – 161 m).

This asteroid comes particularly close to Earth today

The closest thing to Earth today is the asteroid “(2022 GX4)”. It approaches our planet at 6:03 p.m. at a distance of up to 1.6 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

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 hazardous.
There are no potentially dangerous asteroids near Earth today.

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: “(2009 HM82)”, “(2011 GJ3)”, “(2015 YO10)”, “(2020 FJ5)”, “(2020 HE5)”, “(2020 RE) “, “(2021 JE1)”, “(2022 FV4)”, “(2022 GC1)”, “(2022 GX4)”

  • Near-Earth asteroids from Aten today: “(2005 TH50)”

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.

All near-Earth asteroids today at a glance

Surname distance Cut speed Type Meet close to the earth
(2022 GX4) 1.6 million kilometers 18 – 41m 59254km/h Apollo April 17, 2022 at 6:03 p.m.
(GC1 2022) 9.8 million kilometers 72 – 161 meters 45816km/h Apollo April 17, 2022 at 7:07 p.m.
(2020 HE5) 10.8 million kilometers 8 – 17 meters 18997km/h Apollo 04/17/2022 at 01:21
(2022 FV4) 13.1 million kilometers 43 – 96 meters 48012km/h Apollo 04/17/2022 at 07:31
(Exercise 3 2011) 15 million kilometers 15 – 34 meters 31953km/h Apollo 04/17/2022 at 03:10
(2015 YO10) 30.7 million kilometers 13 – 28 meters 12709km/h Apollo 04/17/2022 at 11:39 p.m.
(2021 JE1) 32.7 million kilometers 12 – 27 meters 20850km/h Apollo 04/17/2022 at 10:17 p.m.
(2020 RE) 39.9 million kilometers 235 – 525 meters 40736km/h Apollo 04/17/2022 at 07:16
(2020 FJ5) 42.8 million kilometers 17 – 38 meters 55344km/h Apollo 04/17/2022 at 09:53
(2005 TH50) 53.1 million kilometers 7 – 15 meters 40452km/h Aten 04/17/2022 at 03:19
(2009 HM82) 72.7 million kilometers 77 – 171 meters 89186km/h Apollo 04/17/2022 at 09:09

+++ Editorial note: This text was created automatically based on current NASA data. If you have any comments or questions, please contact zettel@news.de. +++

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