Near-Earth asteroids today: size from 309 to 692 m! THIS piece is approaching Earth

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With “468910 (2014 KQ76)” – in addition to 15 other asteroids – 1 potentially dangerous asteroid reaches its closest point in its orbit to Earth 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. 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. This article provides an overview of all near-Earth asteroids that are passing their closest point in their orbit today.
On Monday, April 18, 2022, a total of 16 asteroids will approach their nearest station during the day, including 1 potentially more dangerous. asteroid.

The largest near-Earth asteroids to date

“450143 (1999 ED5)” With an estimated diameter of 309 to 692 meters, it is currently the largest asteroid near Earth. 450143 (1999 ED5) makes its closest approach to Earth at 04:39 today. Second largest near-Earth asteroid “(2016 TS92)” and has an estimated diameter of 245 to 547 meters. “(2019 SW8)” today it ranks 3rd among the largest near-Earth asteroids (202 m – 451 m).

Today this asteroid is approaching the Earth especially close

The closest asteroid to Earth today is “(2022 FY4)”. It approaches our planet at 07:53 at a distance of up to 1.5 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.
Today, there is 1 potentially dangerous asteroid near the Earth: “468910 (2014 KQ76)”.

468910 (2014 KQ76)
First observation: 07/18/2002
Last observation: 05/20/2021
Absolute value: 21.65 (weak)
Estimated diameter: from 124 m to 278 m.
Distance: 14.7 million km
Speed: 50719.25 km/h (14.09 km/s)
Time of the smallest distance to the ground: 04/18/2022 at 21:59

14 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 14 near-Earth cruisers are approaching our planet.

  • Apollo asteroids near Earth today: “450143 (1999 ED5)”, “468910 (2014 KQ76)”, “(2015 GZ5)”, “(2016 TS92)”, “(2016 WU2)”, “(2018 KS)”, “(2019 SV8)”, “(2020 BD11)”, “(2020 TQ6)”, “(2021 JV5)”, “(2022 FG2)”, “(2022 GJ4)”

  • near-Earth asteroids Aton today: “(2008 EP)”, “(2021 US2)”

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: “(2016 EE158)”, “(2017 SL19)”

All near-Earth asteroids today at a glance

NameDistanceSizeSpeedTypeDeadline Proximity
(FY4 2022)1.5 million km14 – 32 m55986 km/hApollo04/18/2022 at 07:53
(2020 TK6)5.1 million km32 – 71 m55376 km/hApolloApril 18, 2022 at 5:30 am.
(FY2022)11.3 million km51 – 113 m36407 km/hApollo04/18/2022 at 02:38
468910 (2014 KQ76)14.7 million km124 – 278 m50719 km/hApollo04/18/2022 at 21:59
(2021 SP5)17.9 million km25 – 57 m21615 km/hApolloApril 18, 2022 at 5:45 am
(2021 USA2)26 million km48 – 108 m74895 km/hAten04/18/2022 at 5:47
(2015 GZ5)27.5 million km23 – 52 m67972 km/hApolloApril 18, 2022, 09:06 PM
(2018 CS)31.7 million km7 – 16 m19761 km/hApollo04/18/2022 at 17:37
(2020 BD11)37.9 million km37 – 82 m30498 km/hApollo04/18/2022 at 00:47
(2016 VU2)39.2 million km9 – 20 m48216 km/hApollo18.04.2022 at 12:07
(2019 SW8)40.7 million km202 – 451 m61406 km/hApollo04/18/2022 at 12:08 pm
(2017 SL19)49.2 million km80 – 179 m9720 km/hAmur04/18/2022 at 04:09
(episode 2008)51.7 million km38 – 86 m52015 km/hAten04/18/2022 at 21:23
(2016 EE158)60.3 million km44 – 99 m44734 km/hAmur04/18/2022 at 22:35
(2016 TS92)67 million km245 – 547 m94960 km/hApolloApril 18, 2022 at 3:40 pm
450143 (1999 ED5)73.9 million km309 – 692 m33945 km/hApollo04/18/2022 at 4:39 am

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