Near-Earth asteroids today: when which asteroids are next to the Earth

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12 asteroids will reach their closest orbit to Earth this Monday. An overview of the currently largest asteroids near the Earth.

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 Monday, April 4, 2022, 12 asteroids will reach their nearest station within a day.

The largest near-Earth asteroids to date

“(2019 SP6)” is currently the largest with an estimated diameter of 97 to 216 meters. asteroid next to the ground. “(2019 SP6)” made its closest approach to Earth today at 10:33. Second largest near-Earth asteroid “(2017 WN13)” and has an estimated diameter of 77 to 171 meters. “(2015 XT1)” today it ranks 3rd among the largest near-Earth asteroids (58 m – 130 m).

Today this asteroid is approaching the Earth especially close

The closest asteroid to Earth today is “(2017 WN13)”. It approaches our planet at 03:56 at a distance of up to 2.4 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

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 a collision. About 20 percent of near-Earth asteroids are classified as potentially hazardous.
To date, there are no potentially dangerous asteroids near the Earth.

9 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 9 near-Earth cruisers are approaching our planet.

  • Apollo asteroids near Earth today: “(2009 FS32)”, “(2017 QP2)”, “(2017 WN13)”, “(2019 GN20)”, “(2022 EN2)”, “(2022 FG3)”, “( 2022 FO3)”, “(2022 GC)”

  • Aten Near-Earth Asteroids Today: “(2015 XT1)”

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 KM)”, “(2019 SP6)”, “(2022 FC)”

All near-Earth asteroids today at a glance

NameDistanceSizeSpeedTypeDeadline Proximity
(2017 VN13)2.4 million km77 – 171 m70324 km/hApollo04/04/2022, 03:56
(2022 F3)2.6 million km17 – 38 m40660 km/hApollo04/04/2022, 15:24
(2022)2.6 million km30 – 66 m38056 km/hApollo04/04/2022, 14:22
(FY2022)4.8 million km17 – 39 m26738 km/hApollo04/04/2022, 7:26
(2022 EN2)7.2 million km28 – 62 m20271 km/hApollo04/04/2022, 4:42
(2022 FC)13.3 million km45-100m19807 km/hAmur04/04/2022, 17:28
(2019 GN20)14.1 million km13 – 30 m62746 km/hApollo04/04/2022, 20:13
(2009 FS32)46.5 million km18 – 41 m47360 km/hApollo04/04/2022 at 3:49
(2018km)52.1 million km13 – 28 m48345 km/hAmur04/04/2022, 10:36
(2015 XT1)58.6 million km58 – 130 m43301 km/hAton04/04/2022, 22:29
(Q2 2017)68.4 million km23 – 52 m76844 km/hApollo04/04/2022, 5:10
(2019SP6)68.6 million km97 – 216 m61882 km/hAmur04/04/2022, 10:33

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