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

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With “(2001 XP31)” and “(2015 BK515)” – in addition to 9 other asteroids – 2 potentially hazardous asteroids are reaching their closest point in their orbit today. An overview of the currently largest asteroids near Earth and potential hazards.

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. Thousands more of these irregularly shaped rock bodies are discovered every month. 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. In this article, we give you an overview of all the near-Earth asteroids that have reached their closest point in their orbit today.
On Saturday, April 23, 2022, a total of 11 asteroids will approach their nearest station during the day, including 2 potentially hazardous asteroids.

The largest near-Earth asteroids to date

“(2013 JX28)” is currently the largest with an estimated diameter of 254 to 568 meters. asteroid next to the ground. “(2013 JX28)” will make its closest approach to Earth today at 04:58. Second largest near-Earth asteroid “(2015 BK515)” and has an estimated diameter of 177 to 396 meters. “(2013 HY19)” today it ranks 3rd among the largest near-Earth asteroids (133 m – 298 m).

Today this asteroid is approaching the Earth especially close

The closest asteroid to Earth today is “(2015 BK515)”. Approaches our planet at 18:33 at a distance of up to 13.2 million km.
The closest asteroid approached us without colliding with the Earth – “(2020 QG)”. On August 16, 2020, it flew past the Earth at a speed of about 44,000 km/h, only 3,000 km from the 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 an impact. About 20 percent of near-Earth asteroids are classified as potentially hazardous.
To date, there are 2 potentially dangerous asteroids near the Earth: “(2001 XP31)” and “(2015 BK515)”.

(2001 XP31)
First observation: 12/11/2001
Last observation: 04/07/2022
Absolute value: 22.15 stars (weak)
Estimated diameter: from 99 m to 221 m.
Distance: 50.8 million km
Speed: 24710.8 km/h (6.86 km/s)
The time of the closest distance to the ground: April 23, 2022, 20:17.

(2015 BK515)
First observation: 09/04/2013
Last observation: 04/07/2022
Absolute magnitude: 20.88 (weak)
Estimated diameter: from 177 m to 396 m.
Distance: 13.2 million km
Speed: 24998.19 km/h (6.94 km/s)
The time of the closest distance to the ground: April 23, 2022, 18:33.

8 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 8 near-Earth cruisers are approaching our planet.

  • Apollo asteroids near Earth today: “(2001 XP31)”, “(2015 BK515)”, “(2018 KN2)”, “(2018 RY7)”, “(2019 XP)”, “(2020 HA7)”

  • Aten Near-Earth Asteroids Today: “(2003 YG136)”, “(2021 NM)”

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: “(2013 HJ19)”, “(2016 GF216)”

All near-Earth asteroids today at a glance

NameDistanceSizeSpeedTypeDeadline Proximity
(2015 BK515)13.2 million km177 – 396 m24998 km/hApollo04/23/2022 at 18:33
(2018 R.Y.7)25.3 million km35 – 78 m35740 km/hApolloApril 23, 2022 at 12:35 pm
(2016 GF216)28 million km28 – 62 m23616 km/hAmurApril 23, 2022 at 3:18 pm
(2019)33.8 million km13 – 28 m66824 km/hApollo04/23/2022 at 19:04
(2020HA7)41.2 million km84 – 188 m69604 km/hApolloApril 23, 2022 at 4:55 pm
(2001 XP31)50.8 million km99 – 221 m24711 km/hApolloApril 23, 2022, 8:17 pm
(born 136 in 2003)57.1 million km23 – 52 m51354 km/hAton23.04.2022 at 10:38
(2013 YY19)61.1 million km133 – 298 m50138 km/hAmur04/23/2022 at 12:13
(2021 NM)64.5 million km15 – 34 m50765 km/hAton04/23/2022 at 03:23
(2018 KN2)65.8 million km21 – 47 m68974 km/hApolloApril 23, 2022, 9:21 pm
(2013 JX28)69.2 million km254 – 568 m92674 km/hNOU23.04.2022 at 4:58

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