NASA Asteroid Tracker: 13,490 Foot Asteroid Headed Past Earth Today

Eight space rocks heading past Earth today

Thursday 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 about 290 million years ago, Earth experienced a three-fold increase in the number of asteroids smashing into it.

Unlike previous studies that has focused on craters on Earth often worn away due to erosion and other geological processes, this study examined craters on the 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, it’s a perfect place to look.

The study comes as 8 asteroids are heading past Earth today, the closest one named 2019 JH7, with a diameter of 10 feet to 23 feet and traveling at 9.64 kilometers per second. It misses Earth by just 44,457 miles, and won’t be back until Tuesday May 12, 2020. The largest asteroid passing today is ‘12538 (1998 OH)’ which is travelling at 19 kilometers per second (41,755 mph) and measure 6,033 to 13,490 feet in diameter. Thankfully it is estimated to miss us by 17,366,750 miles this time around, but it will return in March 2021.

  • Asteroid 12538 (1998 OH) is 6,033 foot to 13,490 foot in diameter and is passing by Earth at a distance of 17,366,750 miles. NASA has marked this as potentially hazardous.
  • Asteroid 2019 JN5 is 69 foot to 154 foot in diameter and is zipping by Earth at a distance of 1,058,077 miles.
  • Asteroid 2019 JJ5 is 185 foot to 413 foot in diameter and is passing by Earth at a distance of 16,248,952 miles.
  • Asteroid 2015 HO116 is 69 foot to 155 foot in diameter and is zipping by Earth at a distance of 39,564,888 miles.
  • Asteroid 2015 KN120 is 725 foot to 1,622 foot in diameter and is zipping by Earth at a distance of 44,188,772 miles.
  • Asteroid 2006 BE55 is 364 foot to 813 foot in diameter and is zipping by Earth at a distance of 29,483,590 miles. NASA has marked this as potentially hazardous.
  • Asteroid 2014 GF45 is 191 foot to 427 foot in diameter and is passing by Earth at a distance of 43,768,960 miles.
  • Asteroid 2019 JH7 is 10 foot to 23 foot in diameter and is zipping by Earth at a distance of 44,457 miles.

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