NASA warns of 190-foot asteroid heading towards Earth, reveals maximum speed, orbit

A giant 190-foot asteroid is headed for Earth and it could make a close approach today! Is there any reason to worry? How close will it come?

NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide Field Infrared Survey (NEOWISE) probe completes a trip around the Sun every 12 months, just like Earth. According to NASA, the survey telescope takes pictures during its journey, which are then stitched together to form a map of the sky. This sky map shows the position and brightness of millions of celestial objects in space. NEOWISE also helps scientists track down any asteroids that could potentially impact Earth. And new ones are being found regularly. NASA has now issued an asteroid warning for an asteroid heading towards Earth today.

Asteroid details 2019 AY3

NASA’s Office of Planetary Defense Coordination has issued a warning against an asteroid called Asteroid 2019 AY3. Giant asteroid 190 feet wide, similar to the size of a commercial plane, is expected to fly by Earth today, January 4, at a distance of 6.4 million kilometers. The asteroid is on its way to Earth, traveling at an astonishing 71704 km/h, making it one of the fastest small planet to fly close to Earth in the past few days.

Although this asteroid is not expected to impact Earth, even a small deviation in the asteroid’s path due to interaction with the planet’s gravitational field could change the trajectory. its trajectory and cause it to fall to the Earth’s surface with dire consequences.

Most of these asteroids observed with the help of Project NEOWISE reused NASA’s Wide Field Infrared Survey Explorer to function as a survey. telescope and scan the sky for Near-Earth Objects. NASA then used ground-based radar to collect precise data about the asteroid’s path and its characteristics.

NASA sky map

To date, NASA has stitched together 18 sky maps using images captured by NEOWISE, with the 19th and 20th maps to be released around March 2023. help of these maps, NASA Scientists have created a time-lapse sky, showing the changing positions of many celestial bodies, spanning the past decade.

This move will help better understand our Universe and allow scientists to study changes in the position and brightness of space objects over the past decade. This is called Time Domain Astronomy.


News7g: Update the world's latest breaking news online of the day, breaking news, politics, society today, international mainstream news .Updated news 24/7: Entertainment, the World everyday world. Hot news, images, video clips that are updated quickly and reliably

Related Articles

Back to top button