By Abrar Khan
August 17, 2022
The asteroid has been designated as 2022 PW. It is scheduled to fly by today at a speed of 7.47 kilometers per second, which is roughly 22 times the speed of sound.
The asteroid will be passing Earth at a distance of about 529,000 km. For reference, the moon orbits the Earth at a distance of about 384,000 km.
So 2022 PW will pass the earth a little farther out than the moon, but not by much.
Compared to other asteroids, this one isn't actually that big. The estimated diameter is around 51 meters.
It is unclear whether or not there are any potential asteroid strikes in our future.