Today 7 asteroids reach the closest point of their orbit, including 1 potentially dangerous! A glimpse of the largest asteroids near Earth on December 24, 2022.
NASA currently knows of more than 1.1 million asteroids. Thousands more of these generally irregularly shaped rock bodies are discovered each month. Particular attention is paid to so-called near-Earth asteroids, which do not move around the sun like most asteroid belt asteroids, but approach Earth’s orbit and can therefore also be dangerous for the planet. blue. In this article, we give you an overview of all near-Earth asteroids passing through the closest point in their orbit today.
On Saturday, December 24, 2022, a total of 7 asteroids will reach their nearest station during the day, including 1 potentially more dangerous asteroid.
Largest near-Earth asteroids today
“289227 (2004 XY60)” With an estimated diameter of 435 to 973 meters, it is currently the largest asteroid near Earth. “289227 (2004 XY60)” will make its closest approach to Earth at 10:03 p.m. today. The second largest near-Earth asteroid is “456537 (2007 BG)” and has an estimated diameter of 317 to 708 meters. “67381 (2000 OL8)” today ranks 3rd among the largest near-Earth asteroids (290 m – 649 m).
This asteroid comes particularly close to Earth today
The closest thing to Earth today is the asteroid “289227 (2004 XY60)”. It approaches our planet at 10:03 p.m. at a distance of up to 34.8 million km.
The asteroid that has come closest to us so far without impacting Earth was “(2020 HQ)”. On August 16, 2020, it flew past the Earth at a speed of around 44,000 km/h, just 3,000 km away. Coming from the direction of the sun, the experts did not see it coming: it was spotted only 6 hours after its overflight. It probably wouldn’t have caused much damage on Earth even if it had collided. Due to its small size, only 3–6 m in diameter, it is assumed that it would have burned up in the atmosphere if it had come close.
Potentially dangerous asteroids near Earth today
Potentially hazardous asteroids are asteroids that are closer to Earth than 0.05 AU (about 7.5 million km) and have an absolute luminosity of 22 mag or less. They are therefore considered large enough (at least about 140 m in diameter) to cause considerable damage in the event of an impact. About 20% of near-Earth asteroids are classified as potentially dangerous.
Today there is 1 potentially dangerous asteroid near Earth: “67381 (2000 OL8)”.
67381 (2000 OL8)
First finding: 07/30/2000
Last observation: 27/11/2022
Absolute magnitude: 19.81 mag (weak)
Estimated diameter: 290 m to 649 m
Distance: 44.2 million km
Speed: 94,871.34 km/h (26.35 km/s)
Time of shortest distance to earth: December 24, 2022 at 9:05 p.m.
6 cruisers in Earth orbit near Earth
Asteroids that cross Earth’s orbit are also called orbital cruisers. Near-Earth type asteroids Apollo cross Earth’s orbit from outside, near-Earth type asteroids Aten cross Earth’s orbit from within. Today, a total of 6 cruisers in Earth orbit are approaching our planet.
Near-Earth Apollo asteroids today: “67381 (2000 OL8)”, “(2002 XQ40)”, “(2016 TZ93)”, “(2021 FR1)”
Asteroids near Earth Aten today: “289227 (2004 XY60)”, “456537 (2007 BG)”
Amor and Atira type asteroids do not cross Earth’s orbit. While the hard to find Atira-Asteroids move completely inside Earth’s orbit, approaching type asteroids Cupid Earth’s orbit from outside.
- Amor near-Earth asteroids today: “(2019 YA)”
All near-Earth asteroids today at a glance
|Surname||distance||Cut||speed||Type||Meet close to the earth|
|289227 (2004 XY60)||34.8 million kilometers||435 – 973m||102455km/h||Aten||12/24/2022 at 10:03 PM|
|(2002 XQ40)||41.8 million kilometers||88 – 198 meters||70191km/h||Apollo||24/12/2022 at 9:26 p.m.|
|67381 (2000 OL8)||44.2 million kilometers||290 – 649 meters||94871km/h||Apollo||December 24, 2022 at 9:05 p.m.|
|456537 (2007 BG)||52 million kilometers||317 – 708 meters||61134km/h||Aten||24/12/2022 at 9:37 p.m.|
|(2019 YE)||55.1 million kilometers||116 – 259 meters||48681km/h||Cupid||24.12.2022 at 02:00|
|(2021 FR1)||61 million kilometers||83 – 186 meters||33497km/h||Apollo||24/12/2022 at 10:54 p.m.|
|(2016 TZ93)||72.8 million kilometers||46 – 103 meters||36086km/h||Apollo||12/24/2022 at 12:37|
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