Two dangerous asteroids, Asteroid 2022 QD1 and 2022 RX3, will pass close to Earth this week on September 16 and 18, respectively.
If you’re a space buff and love to look at the sky, you might not want to put your telescope aside this week. Between September 15 and September 19, at least five massive asteroids will pass by our planet. The American space agency NASA tracks asteroids and comets that come relatively close to Earth. Watch the asteroids approaching Earth between September 15 and 19, 2022.
Asteroid 2020 PT4
The asteroid 2020 PT4, the size of an airplane, flew past Earth on September 15 at a speed of 11 km/s at a distance of 7.19 million kilometers. The space rock detected on August 13, 2020 belongs to the Apollo group.
Asteroid 2022 QD1
The massive space rock, asteroid 2022 QD1, is as large as 250 feet wide. The asteroid will make its closest approach to Earth today, traveling at a speed of 30,000 kilometers per second from a distance of 4,630,000 kilometers from Earth.
Asteroid 2005 RX3
Asteroid 2005 RX3, which is as large as 390 feet, is reportedly set to fly past Earth on September 18 at 11:52 am at a distance of 2.95 million kilometers. It is currently 11.52 million kilometers, which is equivalent to 0.78 astronomical units from Earth.
That’s not all, there are two more space rocks called Asteroid 2022 QB37 and 2022 QJ50 that will fly past our planet on September 18 and 19, respectively. While asteroid 2022 QB37 will travel from a distance of 4,080,000, QB2 will fly past at a distance of 2,610,000 km from Earth.
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These asteroids are classified as Near-Earth objects. NASA detects that the orbital positions of these near-Earth objects come from the Minor Planet Center databases, while most of the asteroid tracking data is collected by NASA-funded observatories – Pan-STARRS, the Catalina Sky Survey, NASA’s NEOWISE mission and others.