Near-Earth Asteroids Today: 16 Low-Earth Orbit Cruisers Coming!

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18 asteroids will reach their closest orbit to Earth this Sunday, 1 of which is potentially dangerous! Overview of the largest asteroids near the Earth on May 1, 2022.

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 the blue planet. In this article, we give you an overview of all the near-Earth asteroids that pass their nearest point in their orbit today.
On Sunday, May 1, 2022, a total of 18 asteroids will reach their nearest station during the day, including 1 potentially more dangerous. asteroid.

The largest near-Earth asteroids to date

“4544 Xanthus (1989 FB)” With an estimated diameter of 880 to 1968 meters, it is currently the largest asteroid near Earth. 4544 Xanthus (1989 FB) will make its closest approach to Earth at 03:02 today. Second largest near-Earth asteroid “(2015 AH)” and has an estimated diameter of 128 to 287 meters. “(2015 VG64)” today it ranks 3rd among the largest near-Earth asteroids (119 m – 265 m).

Today this asteroid is approaching the Earth especially close

The closest asteroid to Earth today is “(2017 XO2)”. It approaches our planet at 04:15 at a distance of up to 7.2 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 hazardous asteroids are those asteroids that are closer to the Earth 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 an impact. About 20 percent of near-Earth asteroids are classified as potentially hazardous.
Today, there is 1 potentially dangerous asteroid near the Earth: “(2015)”.

(2015 AH)
First observation: 01/09/2015
Last observation: 03/23/2022
Absolute value: 21.58 s. (weak)
Estimated diameter: from 128 m to 287 m.
Distance: 24.8 million km
Speed: 38767.34 km/h (10.77 km/s)
Time of the smallest distance to the ground: 05/01/2022, 10:51.

16 near-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 Aten cross the earth’s orbit from the inside. Today, a total of 16 near-Earth cruisers are approaching our planet.

  • Apollo asteroids near Earth today: “4544 Xanthus (1989 FB)”, “(2011 GM62)”, “(2015 VG64)”, “(2017 UH3)”, “(2017 XO2)”, “(2017 YB6)”, “(2019 JM1)”, “(2019 SA6)”

  • Near-Earth asteroids of Aten today: “(2009 HG21)”, “(2015 AH)”, “(2019 AY13)”, “(2019 TF3)”, “(2020 BF8)”, “(2020 RA7)”, “(2021 GM1)”, “(2021 BA2)”

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: “(2018 VE)”, “(2019 JE1)”

All near-Earth asteroids today at a glance

NameDistanceSizeSpeedTypeDeadline Proximity
(2017 XO2)7.2 million km93 – 209 m44744 km/hApollo05/01/2022 at 04:15
(2019 13)9.3 million km77 – 173 m55165km/hAten05/01/2022 at 08:43
(2009 H21)12.6 million km27 – 59 m48889 km/hAten05/01/2022 at 05:23
(2021 BA2)13.4 million km26 – 57 m50035 km/hAtenMay 1, 2022, 6:22 pm
(2019 JE1)24.5 million km23 – 52 m15948 km/hAmur05/01/2022 at 21:05
(2015 AH)24.8 million km128 – 287 m38767 km/hAten05/01/2022 at 10:51
(2021 GM1)26.6 million km2-5m20746 km/hAten05/01/2022 at 12:53
(2017 OH3)27.3 million km92 – 206 m50805 km/hApollo05/01/2022 at 19:58
(2019 JM1)27.4 million km42 – 94 m102247 km/hApollo05/01/2022, 4:36
(2017 year 6)28.4 million km8 – 18 m49745 km/hApollo05/01/2022 at 22:46
4544 Xanthus (1989 FB)33.5 million km880 – 1968 m32035 km/hApollo05/01/2022 at 03:02
(2019 SA6)33.6 million km22 – 49 m70638 km/hApollo05/01/2022 at 03:04
(2020 RA7)33.9 million km11 – 24 m26022 km/hAton05/01/2022 at 02:20
(2015 VG64)34.5 million km119 – 265 m41406 km/hApollo05/01/2022 at 10:52
(2011 GM62)42.2 million km73 – 164 m46927 km/hApollo05/01/2022 at 07:10
(2019 TF3)54.3 million km7 – 15 m39049 km/hAton05/01/2022 at 23:19
(2018)69.7 million km6 – 14 m28386 km/hAmur05/01/2022 at 18:50
(2020 BF8)72.5 million km6 – 13 m62060 km/hAton01.05.2022, 17:52

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