Thursday, December 1

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A large asteroid that was discovered last month is currently moving 20 miles per second toward Earth.
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A large asteroid that was discovered last month is currently moving 20 miles per second toward Earth.

According to Live Science, an asteroid the size of a stadium will fly past the Earth in the wee hours of Thursday. By the time you read this, the asteroid will likely be happily cruising toward the Sun at a speed of roughly 20 miles (32 km) per second. It is not unusual for asteroids to orbit the Earth in close proximity. The fact that it will pass very close to the globe makes it a little frightening, and it gets worse when astronomers only manage to identify it a few days before it passes. Object 2022 OE2 These asteroids include the asteroid 2022 OE2, which was unknown to astronomers when it approached the Earth. According to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's (JPL) Next Five Asteroid Approaches homepage, the asteroid is roughly 700 feet (213 m) in size, or about the size of a stadi...
Today and tomorrow, asteroids the size of skyscrapers will whiz by the Earth.
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Today and tomorrow, asteroids the size of skyscrapers will whiz by the Earth.

Two enormous asteroids the size of buildings will fly past the Earth as you relax this weekend, according to NASA's Asteroid Watch. Asteroids, also referred to as the asteroid belt, are objects made of rock, dust, and metallic minerals that predominantly reside in the space between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. However, some asteroids deviate from this path and are outside Neptune's orbit, while others approach the Sun more closely. These asteroids are categorized as Near-Earth Objects because they occasionally approach Earth very closely while traveling through the Earth's orbit (NEOs). An asteroid must be within 1.3 astronomical units (AU) of Earth to be classified as a NEO, or it must be at least 460 feet (140 m) away from the Sun to qualify as a potentially dangerous object (PHO)...
Within 30 minutes, a swift asteroids appeared out of nowhere and swiftly passed Earth.
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Within 30 minutes, a swift asteroids appeared out of nowhere and swiftly passed Earth.

A fast-moving asteroid bound for Earth was discovered on July 25, 2019, by astronomer Luisa Fernanda Zambrano-Marin and her group at the Aricebo Observatory in Puerto Rico. According to SciTech Daily, the asteroid allowed astronomers a window of just 30 minutes to learn as much as they could about it before it flew in from a blindspot. Then it vanished. Asteroids or comets that are closer to Earth than 1.3 astronomical units (au), or the distance between the Earth and the Sun, are known as near-earth objects (NEOs). Nearly 30,000 asteroids are thought to be known to humans, according to the Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), and any such object that is wider than 460 feet (140 m) across is thought to be potentially harmful (PHO). In order to help them in their quest, teles...