Near-Earth asteroids today: potentially dangerous! THESE asteroids are approaching Earth

Today 14 asteroids reach the closest point of their orbit, 2 of them are potentially dangerous! A glimpse of the largest near-Earth asteroids on May 2, 2022.

What asteroids are near Earth today?
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NASA is currently aware of over 1.1 million asteroids in the solar system. Thousands more of these generally irregularly shaped rock bodies are discovered each month. Particular attention is paid to the so-called near-Earth asteroids, which do not move around the sun like most asteroid belt asteroids, but rather come closer to Earth’s orbit and can therefore also become dangerous for the planet. Earth. This article gives you an overview of all the near-Earth asteroids passing the closest point in their orbit today.
On Monday, May 2, 2022, a total of 14 asteroids will reach their nearest station during the day, including 2 potentially dangerous asteroids.

Largest near-Earth asteroids today

“(2022 CR4)” is currently the largest with an estimated diameter of 382 to 855 meters asteroid near the ground. “(2022 CR4)” will make its closest approach to Earth today at 10:18 p.m. The second largest near-Earth asteroid is “(2008 HC2)” and has an estimated diameter of 305 to 682 meters. “(2022 exercise 3)” today ranks 3rd among the largest near-Earth asteroids (171 m – 382 m).

This asteroid comes particularly close to Earth today

The closest thing to Earth today is the asteroid “(2019 JV1)”. It approaches our planet at 04:50 in the morning at a distance of up to 10.7 million km.
The asteroid that has come closest to us so far without impacting Earth was “(2020 HQ)”. On August 16, 2020, it flew past the Earth at a speed of around 44,000 km/h, just 3,000 km away. Coming from the direction of the sun, the experts did not see it coming: it was spotted only 6 hours after its overflight. It probably wouldn’t have caused much damage on Earth even if it had collided. Due to its small size, only 3–6 m in diameter, it is assumed that it would have burned up in the atmosphere if it had come close.

Potentially dangerous asteroids near Earth today

Potentially hazardous asteroids are asteroids that approach within 0.05 AU (about 7.5 million km) and have an absolute luminosity of 22 mag or less. They are therefore considered large enough (at least about 140 m in diameter) to cause considerable damage in the event of a collision. About 20% of near-Earth asteroids are classified as potentially dangerous.
Today, there are 2 potentially dangerous asteroids near Earth: “(2022 CR4)” and “(2022 GJ3)”.

(2022 CR4)
First observation: 02/06/2022
Last observation: 13/04/2022
Absolute magnitude: 19.21 mag (weak)
Estimated diameter: 382 m to 855 m
Distance: 40.2 million km
Speed: 61,944.39 km/h (17.21 km/s)
Time of shortest distance to earth: May 2, 2022 at 10:18 p.m.

(Fiscal Year 3 2022)
First observation: 04/07/2022
Last observation: 17/04/2022
Absolute magnitude: 20.96 mag (low)
Estimated diameter: 171 m to 382 m
Distance: 15 million km
Speed: 36,581.27 km/h (10.16 km/s)
Time of shortest distance to land: 02/05/2022 at 06:58

12 cruisers in Earth orbit near Earth

Asteroids that cross 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 Earth’s orbit from within. Today, a total of 12 Earth-orbiting cruisers are approaching our planet.

  • Apollo asteroids near Earth today: “(2008 HC2)”, “(2018 WA)”, “(2019 QY)”, “(2020 HE2)”, “(2020 WF1)”, “(2022 CR4) “, “(2022 GZ)”

  • Asteroids near Earth Aten today: “(2016 JE)”, “(2019 JV1)”, “(2021 JT4)”, “(2021 JL7)”, “(2021 TD5)”

Amor and Atira type asteroids do not cross Earth’s orbit. While the hard to find Atira-Asteroids move completely inside Earth’s orbit, approaching type asteroids Cupid Earth’s orbit from outside.

  • Amor asteroids near Earth today: “(2020 HM)”, “(2022 GJ3)”

All near-Earth asteroids today at a glance

Surname distance Cut speed Type Meet close to the earth
(2019 JV1) 10.7 million kilometers 70 – 156 meters 60323km/h Aten 02/05/2022 at 04:50
(2022 GZ) 10.9 million kilometers 86 – 191 meters 51625km/h Apollo 02.05.2022 at 1:35 p.m.
(Fiscal Year 3 2022) 15 million kilometers 171 – 382 meters 36581km/h Cupid 02/05/2022 at 06:58
(2016 I) 32 million kilometers 115 – 257 meters 43363km/h Aten 02/05/2022 at 08:46
(HM 2020) 36.7 million kilometers 37 – 82 meters 61767km/h Cupid 02/05/2022 at 00:51
(QY 2019) 37.5 million kilometers 158 – 353 meters 61060km/h Apollo 2022-05-02 at 9:15 p.m.
(2022 CR4) 40.2 million kilometers 382 – 855 meters 61944km/h Apollo 2022-05-02 at 10:18 p.m.
(2020 WF1) 42.3 million kilometers 48 – 108 meters 71118km/h Apollo 05/02/2022 at 12:05 p.m.
(2020 HE2) 51.7 million kilometers 139 – 312 meters 77752km/h Apollo 2022-05-02 at 7:36 p.m.
(2018 WA) 62.1 million kilometers 11 – 25 meters 25599km/h Apollo 02/05/2022 at 08:37
(TD5 2021) 62.6 million kilometers 48 – 107 meters 63454km/h Aten 02/05/2022 at 02:17
(JT4 2021) 67.2 million kilometers 19 – 43 meters 71595km/h Aten 05/02/2022 at 9:56 p.m.
(2021 JL7) 67.2 million kilometers 83 – 186 meters 109417km/h Aten 02/05/2022 at 02:13
(HC2 2008) 68.3 million kilometers 305 – 682 meters 107430km/h Apollo 2022-05-02 at 11:29 p.m.

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