If there’s one thing we can all agree on when it comes to the vast and mysterious Universe that’s surrounding us, it is that it’s not always so friendly towards us as we’ve been thought since we were little.
The asteroid belt located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter is the place from where many asteroids start zipping towards our planet. Over 1 million asteroids with diameters larger than 1 kilometer apart are suspected to exist in that region of our Solar System.
Asteroid 2022 RW passes by our planet TODAY
According to The Jerusalem Post, an asteroid measuring from 63 to 140 meters in width will pass by our planet today, September 5. The asteroid is compatible in size with a bus or a superyacht, as it’s indeed large enough to cause some damage.
The 2022 RW asteroid is not coming alone, as two other space rocks are joining it as well. Luckily, neither of them won’t collide with our planet.
Just a few days ago, on August 26, our publication shared the news about another asteroid approaching Earth: the one known as 2022 QP3. Measuring 33 meters wide, that space rock also represented a pretty imposing appearance in the sky. Surely we wouldn’t want it landing anywhere near our household.
Asteroids are practically relics from the time our Solar System was born, meaning about 4.5 billion years ago. Some asteroids were ever capable of becoming the moons of some planets. On the other hand, an asteroid can also be big enough to have rings, moons of its own, as well as tails.
NASA is constantly on the lookout for large asteroids approaching Earth, and it has been pretty diligent so far. However, detecting any possible threat coming from space is impossible, whether astronomers are willing to admit it or not.