NASA Is Tracking 3 Giant Asteroids That Flew By Earth on July 24

first_imgStay on target Our planet has company: On July 24, three giant asteroids zoomed by Earth, however, none of them were considered to be threatening objects, according to NASA.NASA tracked the three asteroids that flew by our planet on Wednesday: asteroid 2019 OD, asteroid 2019 OE, and asteroid 2015 HM10, CNN reported. The asteroids, which safely passed Earth, had some interesting characteristics—two were the roughly the same size as one of the famous Giza pyramids in Egypt, while the other was less than 175 feet in diameter, Newsweek noted.The first asteroid, 2015 HM10, made its closest approach when it was within roughly 2.9 million miles of Earth at 2:00 a.m. EDT early this morning. This space rock, which is estimated to be up to 360 feet in diameter, flew by our planet at speeds of roughly 21,000 mph.According to NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), 2019 OD is estimated to be around the same size as 2015 HM10. The asteroid made its closest approach to our planet at 9:31 a.m. EDT on Wednesday at an estimated speed of more than 42,900 mph. Even though it has a much tinier distance of 221,234 miles, the space rock traveled within 238,855 miles, which is the average distance between the moon and Earth.Asteroid 2019 OE was the final space rock to zoom by Earth at 10:36 a.m. EDT, traveling within 598,635 miles of our planet at its closet approach.Get a behind-the-scenes look at how #NationalLab scientists are protecting the planet from asteroids. pic.twitter.com/z35e9CxwwI— Energy Department (@ENERGY) July 23, 2019All members of this asteroid trio are considered to be Near-Earth Objects (NEOs), which are any asteroids or comets that have orbits that enable them to enter our planet’s neighborhood, according to NASA’s CNEOS website. NASA’s CNEOS computes high-precision orbits for NEOs in order to support NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office and help predict NEO close approaches to Earth. By taking precautions with potentially hazardous NEOs, the world can better prepare for future asteroid impacts.More on Geek.com:Don’t Worry: An Asteroid Won’t Collide With Earth This YearJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Grabs Second Sample From Asteroid RyuguQueen’s Brian May Explains ESA’s Hera Asteroid Deflection Mission NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid Ryugu last_img read more