12 Asteroids Heading Our Way Today

Twelve space rocks heading past Earth today

Tuesday several asteroids are heading their way past Earth, tracked by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

Ever since the Sun formed 4.6 billion years ago, the solar system has been a violent neighbourghood. Our little neck of the woods in space was once littered with meteors, comets and debris all crashing into each others and our planets, all the while leaving behind impact craters. On Earth, these craters have been covered up or destroyed due to erosion, weather, or tectonic plates movements.

Researchers from NASA have now used data from a Moon probe, and found that 290 million years ago, the rate of impacts increased dramatically, and that this is 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 been a full eleven to eighty-one kilometers across, and it caused the end of the Creataceous-Palogene era in a mass extinction event kiiling 75% of animal species.

The study comes as 12 asteroids are heading past Earth today, the closest one dubbed 2019 GM4, with a diameter of 174 feet to 389 feet and traveling at 8.42 kilometers per second. It misses Earth by just 2,171,049 miles, and will not return until Saturday Apr 10, 2021. The biggest asteroid passing today is ‘2014 KM76’ which is travelling at 32 kilometers per second (72,057 mph) and measure 795 to 1,778 feet in diameter. Thankfully it is estimated to miss us by 18,086,670 miles this time around, but it will return in April 2041.

  • Asteroid 2019 GO21 is 319 foot to 713 foot in diameter and is zipping by Earth at a distance of 16,965,050 miles.
  • Asteroid 2019 GD is 206 foot to 460 foot in diameter and is passing by Earth at a distance of 9,409,825 miles.
  • Asteroid 2019 GM4 is 174 foot to 389 foot in diameter and is zipping by Earth at a distance of 2,171,049 miles.
  • Asteroid 2012 UV136 is 69 foot to 155 foot in diameter and is zipping by Earth at a distance of 6,861,637 miles.
  • Asteroid 2013 HJ19 is 437 foot to 977 foot in diameter and is zipping by Earth at a distance of 29,094,256 miles.
  • Asteroid 2014 KM76 is 795 foot to 1,778 foot in diameter and is zipping by Earth at a distance of 18,086,670 miles.
  • Asteroid 2015 WY1 is 347 foot to 776 foot in diameter and is zipping by Earth at a distance of 41,572,636 miles.
  • Asteroid 2016 JF29 is 263 foot to 589 foot in diameter and is zipping by Earth at a distance of 34,946,744 miles.
  • Asteroid 2019 FG1 is 236 foot to 529 foot in diameter and is passing by Earth at a distance of 10,526,561 miles.
  • Asteroid 478784 (2012 UV136) is 69 foot to 155 foot in diameter and is passing by Earth at a distance of 6,861,634 miles.
  • Asteroid 2003 FU3 is 576 foot to 1,288 foot in diameter and is zipping by Earth at a distance of 36,534,868 miles.
  • Asteroid 2017 BD29 is 399 foot to 891 foot in diameter and is passing by Earth at a distance of 41,539,012 miles. NASA has marked this as potentially hazardous.