Asteroid flies to Earth this Valentine’s Day

Asteroid flies to Earth this Valentine's Day

Asteroid flies to Earth this Valentine’s Day


An asteroid is heading towards Earth for a Valentine’s Day date, according to NASA. Do they pose any risks? Know what NASA said.

There’s some pretty spectacular speculation in the sky when people will be enjoying their Valentine’s Day date. Couples can certainly look up, but they won’t see. According to NASA, the spectacle consists of two asteroids that are likely to make a close approach to Earth on Valentine’s Day. NASA’s Asteroid Watch has revealed this. NASA, which keeps a close eye on asteroids close to Earth, has confirmed that as many as two asteroids will approach Earth. This will happen in the early hours of February 14th. The largest of these space rocks, named 2022 CF3, will fly past Earth at a distance of 1.5 million miles, and NASA has calculated the approximate size of the asteroid to be about 87 feet, almost as large as an airplane. While that might seem far away, in terms of space, it’s not that far, so NASA labels it a “close approach” to Earth.

The first Valentine’s Day asteroid will travel at about 9,000 miles per hour, NASA said. And one, it’s not that big, but a house-sized asteroid about 64 feet in size called 2020 DF will also come closest to Earth. This will be farther than the first asteroid, as it will come closest to Earth at about 2.8 million miles. If we see the distance between the moon and us, it’s 238,900 miles.

None of the asteroids that will approach Earth on Valentine’s Day are considered very large, and none of them pose any risk to Earth as they are expected to fly by harmlessly.

What is a near-Earth object?

Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) include asteroids, meteoroids, and comets (NEOs). Small asteroids can be spotted passing between the Earth and the moon multiple times a month, according to NASA. But they are very small. Thousands of asteroids and dozens of comets are discovered each year, some orbiting the inner solar system as near-Earth objects. NASA-funded astronomers closely monitor these near-Earth objects, which number more than 28,000 and grow every day, in case any of them pose a threat to our planet.

How do we track these asteroids?

To that end, NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Research tracks asteroids that have the potential to collide with Earth. Since 1968, NASA has tracked nearly 1,000 asteroids that have passed near Earth. NASA has also mapped 27,323 asteroids that may pass near Earth. The number of asteroids may seem large, but NASA says none of them pose a significant risk to Earth for at least the next 100 years.

However, there are many blind spots, especially in the direction of the sun, that can lead to nasty surprises. Also, if something interferes with the flight path of these asteroids and causes them to change direction, they could also pose a threat to Earth.

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