NASA warns of an asteroid threat looming over Earth. This space rock could get very close to the planet today!
Massive asteroid flights were seen yesterday in which as many as four asteroids came close to Earth in one day. NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office is responsible for monitoring the skies for rogue asteroids that could potentially threaten Earth. Now NASA has warned that another massive asteroid is headed for Earth. While it is safe to say that humans on Earth will remain unharmed as it is expected to pass by Earth at a safe distance, it is still classified as a potentially hazardous object.
Asteroid 2022 UU21 details
Asteroid 2022 UU21 belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. This group of near-terrestrial asteroids is named after the giant Apollo asteroid dating from 1862, discovered by German astronomer Karl Reinmuth in the 1930s.
The asteroid is hurtling dangerously toward Earth and will make its closest approach to the planet today, Nov. 2, at a distance of 1.5 million kilometers. According to NASA, the asteroid is already on its way to Earth at a staggering 35676 kilometers per hour, which is even faster than the recently crashed DART spacecraft that crashed into its target asteroid Dimorphos at 24000 kilometers per hour.
However, according to Davide Farnocchia of NASA’s Near-Earth Object Studies Center, there is no cause for concern, as no major asteroid impact is expected in the next 100 years. So people will be relieved to know that none of the approaching space rocks will be a potentially “world-ending” asteroid.
According to Davide Farnocchia of NASA’s Near-Earth Object Studies Center, “An impact in 2068 is no longer possible and our calculations show no risk of an impact for at least the next 100 years.