Six space rocks heading past Earth today
Wednesday several asteroids are heading their way past Earth, tracked by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
A recent study involving the University of Southampton has uncovered that since about 290 million years ago, Earth experienced a sharp increase in the number of asteroids smashing into it.
Unlike previous studies that focused on craters on Earth often worn away due to erosion and other geological processes, this study examined 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 6 asteroids are heading past Earth today, the closest one named 2019 JN2, with a diameter of 65 feet to 145 feet and traveling at 6.77 kilometers per second. It misses Earth by just 1,681,498 miles, and will not return until Saturday Apr 18, 2020. The largest asteroid passing today is ‘350523 (2000 EA14)’ which is travelling at 6.65 kilometers per second (14,886 mph) and measure 525 to 1,175 feet in diameter. Thankfully it is estimated to miss us by 31,036,786 miles this time around, but it will return in February 2020.
- Asteroid 2019 HG3 is 215 foot to 480 foot in diameter and is passing by Earth at a distance of 25,404,096 miles.
- Asteroid 2019 HT3 is 372 foot to 833 foot in diameter and is zipping by Earth at a distance of 21,718,302 miles.
- Asteroid 2018 XM2 is 73 foot to 162 foot in diameter and is zipping by Earth at a distance of 28,996,334 miles.
- Asteroid 2018 FB4 is 28 foot to 62 foot in diameter and is passing by Earth at a distance of 37,126,536 miles.
- Asteroid 350523 (2000 EA14) is 525 foot to 1,175 foot in diameter and is zipping by Earth at a distance of 31,036,786 miles. NASA has marked this as potentially hazardous.
- Asteroid 2019 JN2 is 65 foot to 145 foot in diameter and is passing by Earth at a distance of 1,681,498 miles.