NASA has issued a warning about a giant asteroid that will pass by Earth today. Here’s what NASA has to say.
Another day, another asteroid. This is the story of September so far. Now, one small planetAccording to data published by NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS). The asteroid, named Asteroid 2022 RR1 was discovered on September 4, 2021. It is currently located in the constellation Tucana.
NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office is responsible for monitoring the skies and tracking various Near-Earth Objects (NEOs). If any celestial body is at risk The earth impact, it flags it red and issues a warning. Asteroid 2022 RR1 has also been red flagged by NASA. Although the asteroid is not headed for a collision with Earth, it is still classified as a Potentially Hazardous Object due to the close distance it will pass by Earth.
Asteroid 2022 RR1 flies past Earth today, September 7
Asteroid 2022 RR1 will make its closest approach to Earth today, September 7, at a distance of just 732,000 km. To put that into perspective, Moon orbits the Earth at a distance of 384,400 km from face of the planet. Asteroid 2022 RR1 is on its way towards Earth at a staggering 29,412 km/h.
The DART collision observed by the Hera spacecraft
Europe Space The Agency’s Hera spacecraft will observe the impact of the DART spacecraft and the asteroid Dimorphos. The space agency launched their Hera spacecraft that will travel to the same asteroid to observe the collision. According to the ESA blog, the Hera spacecraft will fly to the asteroid to survey the aftermath of the impact and gather information such as the size of the impact crater, the asteroid’s mass, and its composition and structure. its inside.