Horrifyingly, an asteroid hit Earth, NASA revealed. Now NASA has warned of a 140 foot wide asteroid heading this way.
Horrifyingly, just hours before an asteroid impacted Earth, NASA realized that it was on a collision course with Earth and was bound to hit. The asteroid impact on November 19 caused the skies over southern Ontario, Canada to glow brightly as people watched in astonishment. The asteroid that hit Earth was named 2022 WJ1. Fortunately, it didn’t hurt anyone, but NASA scientists said it “stretched through the sky high in Earth’s atmosphere, breaking up and probably scattering small meteorites across the southern shoreline of Lake Ontario.” Surprising fact? The asteroid was discovered just three and a half hours before impact. The reason for the happy ending was that this asteroid was about 1 meter across. Now a 140-foot asteroid is heading toward Earth, NASA reveals.
NASA is tasked with tracking all near-Earth objects, such as asteroids and comets, that could survive passage through Earth’s atmosphere and pose a threat to Earth. NASA’s JPL watchboard informs in advance about the upcoming potentially dangerous asteroids. The next scary asteroid comes tomorrow and travels at a terrifying speed of 39204 km per hour. This asteroid is called 2022 WO4 and has a diameter of 45 meters. NASA’s Asteroid Watch Dashboard data shows this asteroid will approach Erath as close as 2.61 million miles. So, is it dangerous for the Earth?
NASA determines whether an asteroid is a potentially hazardous asteroid or not based on its closest approach, which should fall within 4.6 million miles or 7.5 million kilometers of Earth and is greater than about 500 feet in size. Therefore, asteroid 2022 WW4 poses a potential threat to Earth. That’s why NASA is actively monitoring this emerging asteroid. The odds of this asteroid flying past are high, and the odds of it drifting somewhere closer to Earth, as it crashed a few days ago, are negligible at this point.
Did you know?
You know, like this recent asteroid that was tracked just before reaching Earth, the first such asteroid was discovered in 2008? It was asteroid 2008 TC3 that entered the atmosphere over Sudan and broke up into small pieces. It was a 4-foot-wide or 4-meter-wide asteroid that spread across the Nubian desert in hundreds of tiny meteorites.