Near-Earth asteroids today: When which asteroids are near Earth

Near-Earth asteroids today: When which asteroids are near Earth
Near-Earth asteroids today: When which asteroids are near Earth

Today 7 asteroids reach the closest point in their orbit, 1 of which is potentially dangerous! An overview of the currently largest asteroids near Earth and potential dangers.

NASA is currently aware of over 1.1 million asteroids in the solar system. Thousands more of these usually irregularly shaped rock bodies are discovered every month. Special 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 rather come close to the Earth’s orbit and can therefore also become dangerous to the Earth. 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 Friday, September 23, 2022, a total of 7 asteroids will reach their closest station during the day, including 1 potentially more dangerous asteroid.

The largest near-Earth asteroids today

“(2003 DG6)” With an estimated diameter of 193 to 431 meters, it is currently the largest asteroid near Earth. “(2003 DG6)” will make its closest approach to Earth today at 20:34. The second largest near-Earth asteroid is “164207 (2004 GU9)” and has an estimated diameter of 151 to 337 meters. “(2020 YN3)” today ranks 3rd among the largest near-Earth asteroids (56 m – 125 m).

This asteroid is coming particularly close to Earth today

The closest thing to Earth today is the asteroid “(2010 RF12)”. It approaches our planet at 4:53 p.m. at a distance of up to 10.3 million km.
The asteroid that has come closest to us so far without impacting Earth was “(2020 QG)”. On August 16, 2020, it flew past Earth at a speed of around 44,000 km/h, just 3,000 km away. Coming from the direction of the sun, experts didn’t see it coming: it was only spotted 6 hours after its flyby. It would probably not have caused much damage on Earth even if it had collided. Because of 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 closer.

Potentially dangerous asteroids near Earth today

Potentially dangerous asteroids are those asteroids that come closer than 0.05 AU (approx. 7.5 million km) and have an absolute brightness of 22 mag or less. They are therefore 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 dangerous.
Today there is 1 potentially dangerous asteroid near Earth: “164207 (2004 GU9)”.

164207 (2004 GU9)
First observation: 05/11/2001
Last observation: 08.04.2022
Absolute magnitude: 21.23 mag (faint)
Estimated diameter: 151 m to 337 m
Distance: 35.5 million km
Speed: 25623.12 km/h (7.12 km/s)
Time of the shortest distance to earth: on 09/23/2022 at 18:26

6 Earth orbit cruisers near Earth

Asteroids that cross the orbit of the earth are also called orbit 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 6 Earth orbit cruisers are approaching our planet.

  • Apollo asteroids near Earth today: “164207 (2004 GU9)”, “(2003 DG6)”, “(2010 RF12)”, “(2019 SU1)”, “(2022 FC)”

  • Near Earth Aten Asteroids Today: “(2020 YN3)”

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

  • near-Earth Amor asteroids today: “(2015 FX284)”

All near-Earth asteroids today at a glance

Surname distance size speed Type Appointment close to earth
(2010 RF12) 10.3 million km 6 – 12 m 11927km/h Apollo 09/23/2022 at 4:53 p.m
(2003 DG6) 33.6 million km 193 – 431 m 75612km/h Apollo 09/23/2022 at 8:34 p.m
164207 (2004 GU9) 35.5 million km 151 – 337 m 25623km/h Apollo 09/23/2022 at 6:26 p.m
(2020 YN3) 48.6 million km 56 – 125 m 40616km/h Aten September 23, 2022 at 7:09 p.m
(2019 SU1) 51.1 million km 6 – 12 m 49692km/h Apollo 09/23/2022 at 08:18
(2015 FX284) 53 million km 35 – 78 m 22623km/h cupid 09/23/2022 at 8:24 p.m
(2022FC) 53.7 million km 16 – 35 m 52378km/h Apollo 09/23/2022 at 10:08 am

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