Asteroid today: NASA shows menacing space rock hurtling towards Earth at a frightening speed of 35,176 km/h

The asteroid alert has been issued! A menacing space rock is heading towards Earth today. Know its details, according to NASA.

Another day, another asteroid should pass very close to Earth. NASA has issued an asteroid warning against a space rock hurtling towards Earth. Although these asteroids pass Earth from a relatively safe distance, they are still classified as potentially hazardous objects due to their proximity to Earth. NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office is responsible for keeping an eye on the skies for rogue asteroids that could potentially threaten Earth. The organization has now reported this space rock as it heads for a close approach to the planet today.

Key facts about asteroid 2022 UH16

NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office has issued an alert for an asteroid named Asteroid 2022 UH16. The 68-foot-wide asteroid is expected to fly past Earth closely today, Nov. 14, at a distance of 5.6 million miles. The asteroid is already on its way to Earth, traveling at a staggering 35,176 kilometers per hour. Although this asteroid should not impact the Earth, a slight deviation from its trajectory due to interaction with the gravitational field of the planet could modify its trajectory with catastrophic consequences.

According to the-sky.org, asteroid 2022 UH16 belongs to the Apollo asteroid group. It was discovered as recently as October 23. This asteroid takes 1427 days to complete one orbit of the Sun during which its maximum distance from the Sun is 597 million kilometers and the closest distance is 145 million kilometers.

Has an asteroid ever hit Earth?

Although asteroids have been safely passing Earth in recent months, that doesn’t mean a collision with Earth isn’t on the cards. In fact, an asteroid was responsible for the extinction of one of the largest species on the planet almost 65 million years ago: the dinosaurs.

According to Alvarez’s hypothesis, the extinction was caused by a huge asteroid that crashed into Earth over 65 million years ago. The asteroid terraformed the planet and is likely the cause of the extinction of the dinosaurs. Scientists even found the asteroid’s impact crater at Chicxulub, near Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

And a few years ago the Chelyabinsk incident happened, and long before that, the Tunguska event. Of course, the biggest asteroid to hit Earth was around 2 billion years old, and it left behind the carter of Vredefort near Johannesburg.

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