Today 12 Asteroids Will Be Travelling Near Earth

Twelve space rocks heading past Earth today

Sunday several asteroids are passing by our blue planet, tracked by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

A study involving the University of Southampton has uncovered that just about 290 million years ago, Earth saw a sharp increase in the number of asteroids crashing into it.

Unlike previous studies that focused on impact craters on Earth which are often gone due to erosion and other geological processes, this study looked at craters on our Moon.

Researchers believe both celestial bodies have been hit in the same proportion over time, and since the moon is immune to plate tectonics that gradually destroy Earth’s craters, this is a perfect place to look.

The study comes as 12 asteroids are heading past Earth today, the closest one named 2019 JO2, with a diameter of 65 feet to 145 feet and traveling at 11 kilometers per second. It misses Earth by just 869,127 miles. The biggest asteroid passing today is ‘2100 Ra-Shalom (1978 RA)’ which is travelling at 16 kilometers per second (34,991 mph) and measure 5,377 to 12,023 feet in diameter. Thankfully it is estimated to miss us by 44,029,604 miles this time around, but it will return in September 2019.

  • Asteroid 2019 JO2 is 65 foot to 145 foot in diameter and is passing by Earth at a distance of 869,127 miles.
  • Asteroid 2019 JC1 is 101 foot to 226 foot in diameter and is passing by Earth at a distance of 18,629,718 miles.
  • Asteroid 2019 JQ1 is 50 foot to 111 foot in diameter and is zipping by Earth at a distance of 5,180,766 miles.
  • Asteroid 2016 JC18 is 240 foot to 537 foot in diameter and is passing by Earth at a distance of 13,731,319 miles.
  • Asteroid 2019 JL is 48 foot to 108 foot in diameter and is zipping by Earth at a distance of 3,417,571 miles.
  • Asteroid 2019 JM3 is 86 foot to 191 foot in diameter and is zipping by Earth at a distance of 2,571,423 miles.
  • Asteroid 2100 Ra-Shalom (1978 RA) is 5,377 foot to 12,023 foot in diameter and is passing by Earth at a distance of 44,029,604 miles.
  • Asteroid 446833 (2001 RB12) is 550 foot to 1,230 foot in diameter and is zipping by Earth at a distance of 27,018,006 miles.
  • Asteroid 154658 (2004 FA18) is 1,204 foot to 2,692 foot in diameter and is zipping by Earth at a distance of 14,286,955 miles.
  • Asteroid 2009 FU23 is 872 foot to 1,950 foot in diameter and is passing by Earth at a distance of 6,562,530 miles. NASA has marked this as potentially hazardous.
  • Asteroid 2014 YW14 is 26 foot to 59 foot in diameter and is zipping by Earth at a distance of 45,854,120 miles.
  • Asteroid 2018 VX8 is 289 foot to 646 foot in diameter and is zipping by Earth at a distance of 1,472,348 miles.