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Colossal 110-foot asteroid hurtling toward Earth TODAY, NASA reveals

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NASA has issued an alert against an accelerating asteroid that is scheduled to approach Earth today. Know your speed, distance and more.

Did you know that yesterday no less than 4 asteroids came close to Earth? Now NASA has warned that another one is on the way, and it’s a big one. This asteroid has enormous destructive potential due to its sheer size and speed. To track such asteroids, NASA uses its repurposed NASA Wide Field Infrared Survey Explorer to work as a survey telescope and scan the sky for near-Earth objects. The space agency also uses its ground-based radar to collect precise data on the asteroid’s trajectory and characteristics.

Key details of asteroid 2022 WS9

NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office issued an alert against an asteroid named Asteroid 2022 WS9. The 110-foot-wide asteroid, which is as big as a commercial airliner, is expected to pass close to Earth today, December 1, at a distance of 1.7 million kilometers. The asteroid is already on its way to Earth, traveling at a staggering 65,235 kilometers per hour, much faster than a missile!

According to the-sky.org, asteroid 2022 WS9 belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids. It was discovered just a few days ago, on November 28. This asteroid takes 1655 days to complete one trip around the Sun during which its maximum distance from the Sun is 693 million kilometers and the closest distance is 126 million kilometers.

NASA program to observe and categorize asteroids

NASA has established a Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO), administered in the Division of Planetary Sciences at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. PDCO ensures early detection of Potentially Hazardous Objects (PHOs): asteroids and comets whose orbits are predicted to bring them within 0.05 Earth Astronomical Units (5 million miles or 8 million kilometers) and of a size large enough to reach the Earth’s surface, that is, more than about 30 to 50 meters.


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