Asteroid 2022 SK1 and 2022 ST1 will pass close to Earth this week, tomorrow September 22.
If you’re a space buff, know that at least four massive space rocks will be flying past our planet in the next two days. While these space rocks will come close to Earth, they won’t impact and fly past Earth, albeit at a terrifyingly close range. NASA has not classified these asteroids as a “potentially dangerous object.” The US space agency keeps track of asteroids and comets that come relatively close to Earth. Watch the asteroids approaching Earth over the next two days.
Asteroid 2022 ST1
The asteroid 2022 ST1 about 72 feet in diameter will fly past Earth from a relatively short distance of 949,565 km. It travels at a speed of 30,299 miles per hour.
Asteroid 2022 SG
The massive space rock, asteroid 2022 SG, will fly over Earth at 8:37 PM on September 22 at a distance of 2.8 million kilometers at a speed of 20 kilometers per second. The space rock is as large as 242 feet in diameter. The asteroid 2022 SG is currently 3.24 million kilometers away, which is equivalent to 0.02 astronomical units from Earth.
Asteroid 2022 SK1
Asteroid 2022 SK1, which is as big as 30 feet, will reportedly fly past Earth on Sept. 22 at 5:32 a.m. EST from a distance of 2.71 million kilometers at a speed of 8 kilometers per second. Currently, it is 2.72 million kilometers, which corresponds to 0.02 astronomical units from Earth.
Asteroid 2022 QH8
Asteroid 2022 QH8 will pass close to Earth on September 23 at 04:20 at a distance of 4.05 million kilometers at a speed of 15 kilometers per second. Currently it is 4.42 million kilometers, which corresponds to 0.03 astronomical units from Earth.
Did you know?
These asteroids are classified as Near-Earth objects. NASA detects the orbital positions of these near-Earth objects from the Minor Planet Center database, while most of the asteroid tracking data is collected by NASA-funded observatories – Pan-STARRS, the Catalina Sky Survey, NASA’s NEOWISE mission, and others.