NASA Asteroid Tracker: 5,371 Foot Asteroid Headed Past Earth Today

Eight asteroids heading past Earth today

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

According to a recent study published in Science involving the University of Southampton, the number of asteroids crashing into Earth have increased by up to three times over the past 290 million years.

Unlike previous studies that 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 is a perfect place to look.

The study comes as 8 asteroids are heading past Earth today, the closest one dubbed 2019 JD8, measuring 106 feet to 237 feet in diameter and traveling at 15 kilometers per second. It will miss Earth by just 3,527,829 miles. The largest asteroid passing today is ‘381906 (2010 CL19)’ which is travelling at 13 kilometers per second (30,030 mph) and measures 2,402 to 5,371 feet in diameter. Thankfully it is estimated to miss us by 26,316,903 miles this time around, but it will return in April 2021.

  • Asteroid 2019 JD8 is 106 foot to 237 foot in diameter and is passing by Earth at a distance of 3,527,829 miles.
  • Asteroid 2019 JA1 is 159 foot to 355 foot in diameter and is zipping by Earth at a distance of 11,124,671 miles.
  • Asteroid 2012 RG3 is 2,092 foot to 4,678 foot in diameter and is passing by Earth at a distance of 36,060,802 miles.
  • Asteroid 491567 (2012 RG3) is 2,190 foot to 4,898 foot in diameter and is passing by Earth at a distance of 36,061,105 miles.
  • Asteroid 381906 (2010 CL19) is 2,402 foot to 5,371 foot in diameter and is passing by Earth at a distance of 26,316,903 miles. NASA has marked this as potentially hazardous.
  • Asteroid 459200 (2012 DK61) is 550 foot to 1,230 foot in diameter and is zipping by Earth at a distance of 19,020,932 miles.
  • Asteroid 292220 (2006 SU49) is 1,150 foot to 2,571 foot in diameter and is zipping by Earth at a distance of 45,090,903 miles. NASA has marked this as potentially hazardous.
  • Asteroid 2017 JB2 is 13 foot to 30 foot in diameter and is zipping by Earth at a distance of 34,585,604 miles.