Near-Earth asteroids today: 7 orbiting cruisers approached Earth!

Today 8 asteroids reach the closest point in their orbit. An overview of the largest near-Earth asteroids on 09/15/2022.

Currently, NASA knows that there are more than 1.1 million asteroids in the solar system. Thousands more are discovered every month. Particular attention is paid to the so-called near-Earth asteroids, which do not move around the Sun like most asteroids in the asteroid belt, but come close to the Earth’s orbit and therefore can also be dangerous for our planet. In this article, we give you an overview of all the near-Earth asteroids that have reached the closest point in their orbit today.
On Thursday, September 15, 2022, a total of 8 asteroids will reach their nearest station during the day.

The largest asteroids near Earth today

“254417 (2004 VV)” It is currently the largest, with an estimated diameter of 922 to 2061 meters asteroid near the ground. “254417 (2004 VV)” will make its closest approach to Earth at 1:30 PM today. The second largest asteroid near Earth is “(2005 SC)” It has an estimated diameter of 242 to 542 metres. “(2016 WZ7)” Today it ranks third among the largest near-Earth asteroids (67 m – 149 m).

This asteroid is especially close to Earth today

The closest thing to Earth today is an asteroid “(2020 PT4)”. It approaches our planet at 9:04 pm at a distance of up to 7.5 million kilometers.
The asteroid closest to us so far without hitting Earth was “(2020 QG)”. On August 16, 2020, it flew over Earth at a speed of about 44,000 km / h, only 3,000 km away. Coming from the direction of the sun, experts didn’t see it coming: it was spotted just 6 hours after it flew. It probably wouldn’t have caused much damage to the ground even if it had collided. Due to its small size, only 3 to 6 meters in diameter, it is assumed that it would have burned up in the atmosphere if it got close.

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Potentially dangerous asteroids

Potentially hazardous asteroids are those asteroids closest to Earth than 0.05 AU (about 7.5 million km) and have an absolute brightness of 22 mag or less. It is therefore considered large enough (at least about 140 meters in diameter) to cause significant damage in the event of an impact. About 20 percent of near-Earth asteroids are classified as dangerous.
There are no potentially dangerous asteroids near Earth today.

7 cruisers orbit around the earth near the earth

Asteroids that cross the Earth’s orbit are also called orbiting cruisers. Near-Earth asteroids Apollo Crossing Earth’s orbit from outside, near-Earth type asteroids Aton Crossing the Earth’s orbit from within. Today, a total of 7 cruisers orbit around the Earth approaching our planet.

  • Apollo asteroids near Earth today: “254417 (2004 VV)”, “(2005 SC)”, “(2020 PT4)”, “(2020 TU2)”

  • Near Earth Aten asteroids today: “(2009 DC1)”, “(2009 PC)”, “(2016 RT20)”

Amur and Atera-type asteroids do not cross the Earth’s orbit. While it is difficult to detect AtyraAsteroids move completely within the Earth’s orbit, approaching the type of asteroids cupid Earth’s orbit from outside.

  • Near-Earth Asteroids Today: “(2016 WZ7)”

All asteroids near Earth today at a glance

family name distance: after size Speed Writes date close to earth
(2020 PT4) 7.5 million km 29 – 65 AD 38,833 km/h Apollo 09/15/2022 at 21:04
(2016 RT20) 26.4 million km 35 – 78 m 60048 km/h Aton 09/15/2022 at 07:10
(2016 WZ7) 28.6 million km 67 – 149 m 33,284 km/h cupid 09/15/2022 at 00:05
254417 (2004 VV) 34.6 million km 922 – 2061 AD 121652 km/h Apollo September 15, 2022 at 1:30 pm
(2005 SC) 48.5 million km 242 – 542 AD 89948 km/h Apollo 09/15/2022 at 3:03 p.m.
(PC 2009) 51.2 million km 61 – 136 AD 32,302 km/h Aton 09/15/2022 at 5:31 PM
(2009 DC1) 55.9 million km 42 – 94 AD 48,377 km/h Aton 09/15/2022 at 10:32 AM
(2020 TU2) 74.7 million km 40-90 m 86878 km/h Apollo 09/15/2022 at 5:05 AM
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