According to NASA’s Asteroid Watch dashboard, between September 6 and September 12, five asteroids, including one the size of a home and two each the size of an airplane, will pass close to Earth.
On September 6, the house-sized asteroid JA5 will be the first to approach the earth. It was initially noticed in 2021 and will pass by Earth within 3.17 million kilometers. The asteroid is compared to a home because, according to NASA, it is around 59 feet in size.
On September 8, two asteroids will pass by Earth. The size of one, known as QC5, which has been compared to a plane, will be around 79 feet, while the size of the other, known as GE, will be comparable to a bus at about 26 feet.
The asteroid, which is the size of an airliner, was first seen in 2023 and will pass the Earth by 2.53 million miles. The second asteroid, which was initially seen in 2020, will fly by Earth at a distance of 3,560,000 miles.
The second asteroid the size of an airliner, QF6, was found in 2023 and is roughly 68 feet wide. On September 10, it will pass Earth. This one will go 1.65 million miles from Earth and will be the closest to the planet.
The last anticipated asteroid will pass Earth on September 12 and will also be the size of a bus. This asteroid, designated RT2, initially came to light in 2020 and is around 25 feet in size. It will be 2,620,000 kilometers away from Earth this week.
It is anticipated that none of the asteroids will pose a hazard. All of these asteroids are within 4.6 million miles of Earth, which qualifies them as “potentially hazardous” objects. However, they must also be larger than 490 feet to qualify. None of the asteroids anticipated for this week are anywhere close to that size.
The Asteroid Watch dashboard monitors comets and asteroids that will make “relatively close approaches to Earth,” according to NASA.
In addition, NASA runs the “Eyes on Asteroids” website, which makes use of an interactive visualization based on data from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies to allow users to view asteroids and comets around the galaxy in real-time.
Source: CBS News