NASA ALERT! 231-foot Asteroid Set For Close Encounter With Earth On THIS Day: Check Time, Distance, Speed

NASA ALERT! 231-foot Asteroid Set For Close Encounter With Earth On THIS Day: Check Time, Distance, Speed
NASA ALERT! 231-foot Asteroid Set For Close Encounter With Earth On THIS Day: Check Time, Distance, Speed

Updated May 8, 2024, 15:08 IST

NASA alerts about asteroid 2024 JZ’s close encounter with Earth. Here’s everything you need to know about this massive space rock.

230-Foot Asteroid 2024 JZ Racing Towards Earth: What You Need to Know

NASA has sounded the alarm about another cosmic visitor making its way towards Earth. Meet 2024 JZ, a member of the Apollo group and measuring a massive 231 feet in size. This space rock is set to swing by our planet on May 9, 2024, at 08:12 local time.

But here’s the kicker – 2024 JZ isn’t just casually strolling through space. Oh no, it’s cruising at an alarming speed of 90,732 kilometers per hour! Despite its breakneck pace, the asteroid will maintain a safe distance of approximately 4.2 million kilometers from Earth during its closest approach.

While 2024 JZ may sound intimidating with its size and speed, it’s important to remember that the vast majority of near-Earth objects pose no threat to us whatsoever. In fact, they happily orbit far away from our home planet without causing any trouble.

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What If Asteroid 2024 JZ Hits Earth?

While the chances of 2024 JZ impacting Earth are extremely slim, it’s natural to wonder what might happen in such a hypothetical scenario. Asteroids of this size, if they were to collide with our planet, would likely break apart in the atmosphere, causing a powerful explosion and creating a shockwave. The impact zone would experience significant damage, but the effects would be localized and unlikely to cause widespread devastation.

However, there’s a small subset of asteroids known as potentially hazardous asteroids that demand closer watch. These are the big ones – over 460 feet (or 140 meters) in size – with orbits that bring them within 4.6 million miles (7.5 million kilometers) of Earth’s orbit around the Sun.

To keep an eye on these wandering space rocks, NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) is on the case. They continuously monitor all known near-Earth objects, assessing any potential impact risks they may pose. This data is gathered from observatories worldwide, including contributions from amateur astronomers, as well as NASA-funded observatories like Pan-STARRS and the Catalina Sky Survey.

So, while 2024 JZ may give us a celestial flyby, there’s no need to panic. Thanks to NASA’s vigilant monitoring and advanced technology, we can rest assured knowing that our planet has no immediate danger.

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