NASA has its eyes on eight asteroids, all of which are set to make a ‘close approach’ to Earth in January.
We’ve had some ‘potentially dangerous’ asteroids shoot past us this month but eight more space rocks are headed our way. NASA data.
The asteroids are expected to pass close between January 20 and January 28.
One that is expected to pass Earth on January 20 is larger than the Statue of Liberty.
Nasa thinks Asteroid 2022 AB could be up to 361 feet wide.
Meanwhile, the Statue of Liberty is about 305 feet tall.
That particular asteroid will be about 2.3 million miles from Earth before taking off into space.
It will travel at about 13,000 miles per hour.
A smaller space rock known as Asteroid 2022 AE6 will pass by later that day.
Nasa thinks the ‘close approach’ asteroid is about 148 feet wide and moving at about 24,000 miles per hour.
It will come closer to Earth at a distance of 1.1 million miles.
That seems pretty far away but it’s actually very close as near-Earth asteroids move.
Nasa considers anything that passes within 120 million miles of Earth as a Near-Earth Object (NEO).
Thousands of NEOs are tracked by scientists to see if they are on their way to collide with our planet.
Any fast-moving space object within 4.65 million miles is considered “potentially dangerous” by cautious space organizations.
A small change to their orbits could spell disaster for the Earth.
Two closer-approaching asteroids are expected to shoot on January 21.
They are smaller than the first two and range from 62 to 118 feet wide.
Asteroid 2022 AX4 will make its first pass at a distance of 1.9 million miles.
Asteroid 2018 PN22 is the next asteroid on Nasa’s list and the space agency expects a flyby of 2.7 million miles.
A much larger space rock is expected to fire on January 24.
It’s called Asteroid 2017 XC62, and Nasa claims it’s 623 feet wide.
That size is more than double that of the Statue of Liberty.
The giant asteroid will shoot past us at a slower rate, just over 9,500 miles per hour from a distance of 4.4 million miles.
The three closest approaching asteroids of January 2022 will pass by on the 27th and 28th.
They range from 101 feet to 213 feet wide.
The smaller of the three will actually come closest on January 28.
Asteroid 2022 AG6 is expected to come within 1.8 million miles of Earth and pass at just over 8,000 miles per hour.
Despite all the space rocks, there is still no need to panic as no asteroids are expected to impact Earth.
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https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/17368290/nasa-warns-eight-asteroids-heading-to-earth-january/ Nasa warns EIGHT asteroids are headed for Earth for ‘close approaches’ this month – some bigger than the Statue of Liberty