NASA has detailed that two space rocks 100-feet (30-meters) or bigger are making their nearest way to deal with Earth today, June 18, 2023. The larger of the two asteroids is thought to be 110 feet (34 meters), or about the size of a building with 10 stories.
Stargazers watch out for the sky for any space rocks that might be coming awkwardly near Earth. The asteroids and comets that are very close to our planet are tracked by the Asteroid Watch dashboard. It displays the dates of the closest approach, the space rock’s approximate diameter, and its relative size and distance from Earth. Five of these objects, the largest of which measures 180 feet (55 meters) in diameter, are expected to be close to Earth within the next few days, according to this handy instrument.
Today, 2023 LW and 2023 LV will approach Earth the closest. 2023 LW will be inside 1.4 million miles (2.3 million kilometers), while 2023 LV will go in close vicinity to 2.8 million miles (4.5 million kilometers) going at a rankling speed of 28,846 kilometers each hour (17,924 miles each hour).
Three more space rocks will be very close to Earth in the next three days after the two that came close today. 2016 LK49 is a space rock with a measurement of around 70-feet (21-meters) and will go inside 4.1 million miles (6.7 million kilometers) of Earth on June 19, 2023. 2023 LT1 is 49-feet (15-meters) in width and will come the nearest to Earth at an expected 427,000 miles (687,000 kilometers) on June 20, 2023. At long last, 2023 HF1 has a width of around 180-feet (55-meters) and will fly by Earth a good ways off of approximately 3 million miles (4.8 million kilometers) on June 21, 2023.
NASA’s Fly Drive Research center (JPL) records any item bigger than around 150-meters that can move toward Earth inside 4.6 million miles (7.5 million kilometers) as a possibly dangerous article. The average distance between Earth and the moon is approximately 239,000 miles (385,000 kilometers), so this is about 19.5 times longer. Every one of the five of these space rocks are too little to even consider qualifying as possibly unsafe, yet it is consoling to realize that they can be spotted and followed none-the-less.