Dangerous asteroid 2022 RB5 is heading towards Earth at 19152 km/h TODAY, warns NASA
NASA is warning that a massive 115-foot-wide asteroid will come dangerously close to Earth today, October 22.
It appears that the Earth cannot escape the constant onslaught of asteroids. Recently, we have seen an increase in the number of asteroids making their way to Earth. These asteroids aren’t gigantic mile-wide space boulders that can cause another mini ice age, but they are still large enough that if they crash into our planet, they could easily flatten a large area. One of them, a 115-foot-wide death rock, comes dangerously close to Earth today, according to NASA reports. Earth has been lucky so far, but will it avoid a asteroid strike again today? Keep reading to find out.
A large asteroid approaches Earth today
The planetary defense of Nasa is made up of several departments, all responsible for monitoring near-Earth objects (NEOs). These departments include the Center for Near Earth Objects Studies (CNEOS), the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and the Small-Body Database. The cumulative data from these departments revealed quite a bit about this space rock. The asteroid is named 2022 RB5. It was first discovered in May 2022, hence the four-digit number in its name. The 115-foot asteroid will approach 4.5 million kilometers from Earth. Although that may seem like a long distance, traveling at a speed of 19,152 kilometers per hour, it can close that gap in a matter of days if deviated at the last moment.
However, NASA’s prediction at the moment is that there is a very low chance of 2022 RB5 hitting Earth. The asteroid is expected to make a safe passage. However, various instruments will monitor it until it is a safe distance from us.
How NASA Tracks Near-Earth Objects
Ever since NASA realized the risk of Near-Earth Objects (NEOs), it has dedicated itself to tracking and monitoring as many space rocks in the inner circle of the solar system as possible. Using the prowess of JPL and Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) telescopethe US space agency collects data on more than 20,000 asteroids.