NASA Tracks Asteroids Flying Above Earth Today: Possibilities of Clash?

According to NASA’s asteroid tracker, an asteroid more than twice the size of a dinosaur will fly by on August 16, 2022. This asteroid designated 2022 PW is currently heading towards Earth, NASA said.

According to the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, this asteroid is likely to pass at 7.74 km/second (26,892 km/h), which is roughly equivalent to 22 times the speed of sound.

It should be noted that the asteroid will pass the Earth at an approximate distance of 5,29,000 kilometers on average, while the Moon orbits the Earth at 3,84,000 kilometers, which means that the asteroid 2022 PW will pass at a distance greater than the Moon. However, on a cosmic scale, it will still be very close to Earth. It is expected that the next flyby of asteroid 2022 PW will take place on February 05 in the year 2031.

It is also tracked by NASA that we can see another asteroid, 2022 PJI, flying 4.23 million kilometers at a speed of 6 km/second or 21,600 km/hour. The next close approach of asteroid 2022 PJI is expected to take place on August 4, 2025. According to some reports, on this day it will pass at a distance of 18.86 million kilometers. Additionally, the size of the asteroid is estimated to be between 14 and 32 meters or a decent sized house.

Meanwhile, the two asteroids are not potentially dangerous to Earth, but there are others that could threaten our planet. In mid-March this year, asteroid 2022 EB5, which was about half the size of a giraffe, hit Earth but ultimately did no damage.

Meanwhile, NASA’s next moon rocket will have a major cargo from tech company Apple. According to a report from 9to5Mac, the US space agency will send an iPad aboard an unmanned spacecraft called Orion during the Artemis 1 Moon mission. Why? One may wonder. The iPad, according to the report, will help test Amazon Alexa’s digital voice assistant on Orion.

Apple iPad will be part of Callisto which will demonstrate how consumer technology could fit into future spacecraft. NASA will use Amazon Alexa and Cisco’s WebEx for the technical demonstration. The mission aims to demonstrate how voice commands could improve the way astronauts live and work in space.

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