NASA Asteroid Tracker: 2,951 Foot Asteroid Headed Past Earth Today

Nine space rocks heading past Earth today

Thursday several asteroids are heading their way past Earth, tracked by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
The solar system has been a violent place ever since the Sun formed 4.6 billion years ago. Our little neck of the woods in space was once littered with meteors, comets and debris all crashing into each others and our planets, each millennia leaving behind impact craters. On Earth, these craters have been covered up or destroyed due to erosion, weather, and tectonic plates movements.
NASA Researchers have now used data from a Moon probe, and found that 290 million years ago, the rate of impacts increased dramatically, and it’s still ongoing.
Just one major impact with Earth could cause extinctions like the one that ended the dinosaurs 66 million years ago and created the Chicxulub crater in Mexico. That asteroid is estimated to have measured a full up to eighty-one kilometers across, and causing the end of the Creataceous-Palogene era killing 75% of animal species in a mass extinction event.
The study comes as 9 asteroids are heading past Earth today, the closest one named 2019 AW4, measuring 502 feet to 1,122 feet in diameter and traveling at 18 kilometers per second. It misses Earth by just 6,495,368 miles, and won’t return until Monday Jun 25, 2029. The biggest asteroid passing today is ‘230111 (2001 BE10)’ which is travelling at 11 kilometers per second (24,196 mph) and measure 1,320 to 2,951 feet in diameter. Thankfully it is estimated to miss us by 22,979,352 miles this time around, but it will return in October 2021.

  • Asteroid 2019 AW4 is 502 foot to 1,122 foot in diameter and is passing by Earth at a distance of 6,495,368 miles. NASA has marked this as potentially hazardous.
  • Asteroid 2002 CC26 is 115 foot to 257 foot in diameter and is passing by Earth at a distance of 8,949,861 miles.
  • Asteroid 2015 TN21 is 32 foot to 71 foot in diameter and is passing by Earth at a distance of 17,279,790 miles.
  • Asteroid 2017 MT8 is 200 foot to 447 foot in diameter and is passing by Earth at a distance of 17,016,126 miles.
  • Asteroid 2018 GD2 is 11 foot to 26 foot in diameter and is passing by Earth at a distance of 23,936,432 miles.
  • Asteroid 2019 CM1 is 115 foot to 256 foot in diameter and is passing by Earth at a distance of 8,917,107 miles.
  • Asteroid 230111 (2001 BE10) is 1,320 foot to 2,951 foot in diameter and is passing by Earth at a distance of 22,979,352 miles. NASA has marked this as potentially hazardous.
  • Asteroid 455184 (2000 ED14) is 603 foot to 1,349 foot in diameter and is passing by Earth at a distance of 31,905,858 miles. NASA has marked this as potentially hazardous.
  • Asteroid 2004 RO111 is 200 foot to 447 foot in diameter and is passing by Earth at a distance of 30,367,670 miles.