NASA Asteroid Tracker: 3,389 Foot Asteroid Headed Past Earth Today

Ten space rocks heading past Earth today

Wednesday several asteroids are zipping by 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 place. 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 time leaving impact craters. On Earth, these craters have been covered up or destroyed due to erosion, weather, or 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 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 11 to 81 kilometers across, and it caused the end of the Creataceous-Palogene era killing 75% of animal species in a mass extinction event.

The study comes as 10 asteroids are heading past Earth today, the closest one dubbed 2019 GP5, measuring 100 feet to 223 feet in diameter and traveling at 3.52 kilometers per second. It will miss Earth by just 5,403,943 miles, and won’t be back until Tuesday May 29, 2035. The largest asteroid passing today is ‘144898 (2004 VD17)’ which is travelling at 12 kilometers per second (27,233 mph) and measures 1,515 to 3,389 feet in diameter. Thankfully it is estimated to miss us by 20,178,921 miles this time around, but it will return in November 2028.

  • Asteroid 2019 JH6 is 69 foot to 154 foot in diameter and is zipping by Earth at a distance of 8,572,144 miles.
  • Asteroid 2019 JS2 is 713 foot to 1,595 foot in diameter and is zipping by Earth at a distance of 42,165,520 miles.
  • Asteroid 2010 WA9 is 66 foot to 148 foot in diameter and is zipping by Earth at a distance of 33,070,898 miles.
  • Asteroid 2016 RM17 is 26 foot to 59 foot in diameter and is zipping by Earth at a distance of 27,980,764 miles.
  • Asteroid 2016 TS92 is 872 foot to 1,950 foot in diameter and is passing by Earth at a distance of 16,117,415 miles.
  • Asteroid 2012 DW60 is 44 foot to 98 foot in diameter and is zipping by Earth at a distance of 10,603,300 miles.
  • Asteroid 2019 GP5 is 100 foot to 223 foot in diameter and is passing by Earth at a distance of 5,403,943 miles.
  • Asteroid 2017 TB is 13 foot to 30 foot in diameter and is zipping by Earth at a distance of 17,802,352 miles.
  • Asteroid 2017 KD3 is 302 foot to 676 foot in diameter and is zipping by Earth at a distance of 44,854,083 miles.
  • Asteroid 144898 (2004 VD17) is 1,515 foot to 3,389 foot in diameter and is zipping by Earth at a distance of 20,178,921 miles. NASA has marked this as potentially hazardous.

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