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

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Today 5 asteroids reach the nearest point in their orbit. Learn more about the largest and closest asteroids of the day to Earth, as well as potential hazards, here on

What asteroids are near the Earth today? Image: Adobe Stock/Mathieu

NASA is currently aware of over 1.1 million asteroids in the solar system. Every month, thousands of new rock bodies are discovered, usually irregularly shaped. Particular 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 therefore can also be dangerous for our home planet. This article provides an overview of all near-Earth asteroids that are passing their closest point in their orbit today.
On Tuesday, March 8, 2022, a total of 5 asteroids will approach their nearest station during the day, including 1 potentially more dangerous. asteroid.

The largest near-Earth asteroids to date

“267136 (2000 EF104)” With an estimated diameter of 447 to 1000 meters, it is currently the largest asteroid near Earth. “267136 (2000 EF104)” will make its closest approach today at 22:00. Second largest near-Earth asteroid “(2013 QU1)” and has an estimated diameter of 146 to 327 meters. “(2017 BB13)” today it ranks 3rd among the largest near-Earth asteroids (44 m – 99 m).

Today this asteroid is approaching the Earth especially close

The closest asteroid to Earth today is “(2012 DH54)”. It approaches our planet at 19:07 at a distance of up to 31.3 million km.
The closest asteroid approached us without colliding with the Earth – “(2020 QG)”. On August 16, 2020, it flew past Earth at about 44,000 km/h, just 3,000 km from Earth. Arriving from the direction of the sun, the experts did not notice its approach: it was noticed only 6 hours after the flight. It probably wouldn’t have done much damage to the Earth even if it had collided. Due to its small size, only 3 to 6 meters in diameter, it is speculated that it would burn up in the atmosphere if it got any closer.

Potentially dangerous asteroids near Earth today

Potentially dangerous asteroids are those asteroids that come closer than 0.05 AU. (about 7.5 million km) and have an absolute brightness of 22 stars. Therefore, they are considered large enough (at least about 140 m in diameter) to cause significant damage in the event of a collision. About 20 percent of near-Earth asteroids are classified as potentially hazardous.
Today, there is 1 potentially dangerous asteroid near the Earth: “(2013 QU1)”.

(Q1 2013)
First observation: 08/16/2013
Last observation: 02/10/2022
Absolute value: 21.3 stars (weak).
Estimated diameter: from 146 m to 327 m.
Distance: 63.5 million km
Speed: 71524.64 km/h (19.87 km/s)
Time of the smallest distance to the ground: 03/08/2022 at 14:09

3 Earth cruisers near Earth

Asteroids that cross the Earth’s orbit are also called orbital cruisers. Earth-type asteroids Apollo cross the Earth’s orbit from the outside, near-Earth-type asteroids Aton cross the earth’s orbit from the inside. Today, a total of 3 near-Earth cruisers are approaching our planet.

  • Apollo asteroids near Earth today: “267136 (2000 EF104)”, “(2013 QU1)”

  • Aten Near Earth Asteroids Today: “(2012 DH54)”

Asteroids like Amor and Atira do not cross the Earth’s orbit. While it’s hard to find Atira-Asteroids are fully orbiting the Earth, approaching asteroids like Amur earth orbit outside.

  • Near-Earth asteroids Amor today: “(2017 VV13)”, “(2020 KE)”

All near-Earth asteroids today at a glance

NameDistanceSizeSpeedTypeDeadline Proximity
(2012 DH54)31.3 million km8 – 19 m39715 km/hAton08.03.2022, 19:07
(2017 BB13)45.5 million km44 – 99 m19572 km/hAmur03/08/2022 at 20:31
(Q1 2013)63.5 million km146 – 327 m71525 km/hApollo03/08/2022 at 14:09
267136 (2000 EF104)69.2 million km447 – 1000m91247 km/hApollo03/08/2022 at 22:00
(2020 EC)74 million km23 – 52 m65008 km/hAmur03/08/2022 at 08:55

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