Near-Earth Asteroids Today: THESE Asteroids Are Approaching Earth – 2 Potentially Dangerous!

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16 asteroids will reach their closest orbit to Earth on Tuesday. 2 of them, “350751 (2002 AW)” and “(2017 JT2)” are considered potentially dangerous! Overview of the largest asteroids near the Earth on April 5, 2022.

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

NASA is currently aware of over 1.1 million asteroids. 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 the blue planet. This article provides an overview of all near-Earth asteroids that are passing their closest point in their orbit today.
On Tuesday, April 5, 2022, a total of 16 asteroids will approach their nearest station during the day, including 2 potentially hazardous asteroids.

The largest near-Earth asteroids to date

“(2017 JT2)” is currently the largest with an estimated diameter of 439 to 982 meters. asteroid next to the ground. “(2017 JT2)” will make its closest approach to Earth today at 22:15. Second largest near-Earth asteroid “350751 (2002AW)” and has an estimated diameter of 188 to 421 meters. “(2020 CR)” today it ranks 3rd among the largest near-Earth asteroids (168 m – 375 m).

Today this asteroid is approaching the Earth especially close

The closest asteroid to Earth today is “(TV, 2012)”. It approaches our planet at 03:53 at a distance of up to 7.4 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: “350751 (2002 AW)” and “(2017 JT2)”.

350751 (2002AW)
First observation: 12/17/2001
Last observation: 04/01/2022
Absolute value: 20.75 (weak).
Estimated diameter: from 188 m to 421 m.
Distance: 8.6 million km
Speed: 23169.79 km/h (6.44 km/s)
Time of the smallest distance to the ground: 04/05/2022 at 06:08.

(2017 JT2)
First observation: 04/03/2017
Last observation: 04/02/2022
Absolute value: 18.91 s. (weak)
Estimated diameter: from 439 m to 982 m.
Distance: 31 million km
Speed: 96818.8 km/h (26.89 km/s)
The time of the closest distance to the ground: April 5, 2022, 22:15.

13 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 Aton cross the earth’s orbit from the inside. Today, 13 near-Earth cruisers are approaching our planet.

  • Apollo asteroids near Earth today: “350751 (2002 AW)”, “(2012 TV)”, “(2015 TM143)”, “(2016 GB222)”, “(2017 FO64)”, “(2017 JT2)”, ” (2020 HR)”, “(2020 OO1)”, “(2020 XD6)”, “(2021 GN)”, “(2021 VT3)”

  • Aten Near-Earth Asteroids Today: “(2021 GL7)”, “(2022 EZ6)”

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: “(2022 DJ2)”, “(2022 EN5)”, “(2022 FH2)”

All near-Earth asteroids today at a glance

NameDistanceSizeSpeedTypeDeadline Proximity
(TV, 2012)7.4 million km24 – 54 m65260km/hApollo04/05/2022 at 3:53
350751 (2002AW)8.6 million km188 – 421 m23170 km/hApollo04/05/2022 at 06:08
(2015 TM143)9.9 million km49 – 110 m23044 km/hApollo04/05/2022 at 00:09
(AD 2021)18.3 million km55 – 122 m50798 km/hApollo04/05/2022 at 12:08
(2022 EZ6)19.1 million km53 – 118 m22139 km/hAton04/05/2022 at 3:51
(2022 DJ2)19.6 million km33 – 74 m20220 km/hAmur04/05/2022 at 20:15
(2022 FH2)21.8 million km49 – 109 m24761 km/hAmur04/05/2022 at 08:23
(2017 JT2)31 million km439 – 982 m96819 km/hApollo04/05/2022 at 22:15
(2016 GB222)35.8 million km12 – 26 m66207 km/hApollo04/05/2022 at 15:41
(2021 CH7)37.5 million km42 – 94 m90270 km/hAten04/05/2022 at 05:16
(2022 EN5)39.6 million km50 – 112 m15712 km/hAmur04/05/2022 at 14:57
(2020 OO1)40.9 million km14 – 31 m23743 km/hApollo04/05/2022 at 13:17
(2021 W3)44.6 million km23 – 52 m37872 km/hApollo04/05/2022 at 15:49
(2020)47.6 million km168 – 375 m112101 km/hApollo04/05/2022 at 01:25
(2017 FO64)61.1 million km18 – 39 m59668 km/hApollo04/05/2022, 20:47
(2020XD6)71.6 million km24 – 54 m70388 km/hApollo04/05/2022 at 15:50

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