Near-Earth asteroids today: when which asteroids are close to Earth

12 asteroids will reach the closest point of their orbit to Earth on Monday. An overview of the currently largest asteroids near Earth.

What asteroids are close to Earth today?
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NASA currently has knowledge of more than 1.1 million asteroids in the solar system. Thousands more of these irregularly shaped rocky bodies are discovered every month. Particular attention is paid to so-called near-Earth asteroids, which do not move around the sun like most asteroids in the asteroid belt, but come close to Earth’s orbit and can therefore also be dangerous to our home planet. This article gives you an overview of all near-Earth asteroids passing the closest point in their orbit today.
On Monday, April 4, 2022, a total of 12 asteroids will arrive at their closest station during the day.

The largest near-Earth asteroids today

“(2019 SP6)” it is currently the largest with an estimated diameter of 97 to 216 meters asteroid close to the ground. “(2019 SP6)” reaches its closest approach to Earth today at 10:33 am The second largest near-Earth asteroid is “(2017 WN13)” and has an estimated diameter of 77 to 171 meters. “(2015 XT1)” today it ranks third among the largest near-Earth asteroids (58 m – 130 m).

This asteroid comes particularly close to Earth today

The closest thing to Earth today is the asteroid “(2017 WN13)”. It approaches our planet at 03:56 at a distance of up to 2.4 million km.
The asteroid that has come closest to us so far without impacting the Earth has been “(2020 QG)”. On August 16, 2020, it passed by Earth at a speed of about 44,000 km/h, just 3,000 km away. Coming from the direction of the sun, experts did not see it coming: it was only seen 6 hours after its flyby. It probably wouldn’t have caused much damage on Earth even if it had collided. Due to its small size, only 3 to 6 m in diameter, it is assumed that it would have burned up in the atmosphere if it had come close.

Potentially dangerous asteroids

Potentially hazardous asteroids are those asteroids that approach closer than 0.05 AU (approximately 7.5 million km) and have an absolute brightness of 22 mag or less. Therefore, they are considered large enough (at least around 140 m in diameter) to cause considerable damage in the event of a collision. About 20 percent of near-Earth asteroids are classified as potentially hazardous.
There are no potentially dangerous asteroids near Earth today.

9 cruise ships in Earth orbit near Earth

Asteroids that cross the Earth’s orbit are also called orbital cruisers. Near-Earth type asteroids Apollo cross Earth’s orbit from outside, near-Earth-type asteroids aten cross the Earth’s orbit from within. Today a total of 9 cruise ships in Earth orbit are approaching our planet.

  • Apollo asteroids near Earth today: “(2009 FS32)”, “(2017 QP2)”, “(2017 WN13)”, “(2019 GN20)”, “(2022 EN2)”, “(2022 FG3)”, “(2022 FO3)”, “(2022 GH)”

  • Aten Near-Earth Asteroids Today: “(2015 XT1)”

Amor and Atira type asteroids do not cross the Earth’s orbit. While the hard to discover Athyra-Asteroids move entirely within Earth’s orbit, approaching type asteroids Cupid Earth’s orbit from outside.

  • Near-Earth Amor Asteroids today: “(2018 KM)”, “(2019 SP6)”, “(2022 FK)”

All near-Earth asteroids today at a glance

Last name distance Size speed Writes quote close to earth
(2017 WN13) 2.4 million kilometers 77 – 171 meters 70324km/h Apollo 4/4/2022 at 3:56 am
(2022 FO3) 2.6 million kilometers 17 – 38 meters 40660km/h Apollo 4/4/2022 at 15:24
(2022GH) 2.6 million kilometers 30 – 66 meters 38056km/h Apollo 4/4/2022 at 14:22
(2022FG3) 4.8 million kilometers 17 – 39 meters 26738km/h Apollo 4/4/2022 at 7:26 am
(2022 EN2) 7.2 million kilometers 28 – 62 meters 20271km/h Apollo 4/4/2022 at 4:42 am
(2022 FC) 13.3 million kilometers 45-100m 19807km/h Cupid 4/4/2022 at 17:28
(2019GN20) 14.1 million kilometers 13 – 30 meters 62746km/h Apollo 4/4/2022 at 20:13
(2009FS32) 46.5 million kilometers 18 – 41 meters 47360km/h Apollo 4/4/2022 at 3:49 am
(2018 km) 52.1 million kilometers 13 – 28 meters 48345km/h Cupid 4/4/2022 at 10:36
(2015XT1) 58.6 million kilometers 58 – 130m 43301km/h aten 4/4/2022 at 22:29
(2017 QP2) 68.4 million kilometers 23 – 52 meters 76844km/h Apollo 4/4/2022 at 5:10 am
(2019 SP6) 68.6 million kilometers 97 – 216 meters 61882km/h Cupid 4/4/2022 at 10:33

+++ Editorial Note: This text was created automatically based on current NASA data. If you have any comments or questions, please contact [email protected] +++

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