Space

Asteroid 2.5 Times The Size of a Dinosaur Headed for Earth

By Abrar Khan

August 17, 2022

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Which Asteroid Is It?

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.

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How Close Will It Be?

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.

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So 2022 PW will pass the earth a little farther out than the moon, but not by much.

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How Big Is It?

Compared to other asteroids, this one isn't actually that big. The estimated diameter is around 51 meters.

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Are Any Other Asteroids Supposed to Hit Earth in 2022?

It is unclear whether or not there are any potential asteroid strikes in our future.

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