The Pan-STARRS survey in Hawaii has just discovered two incoming asteroids that will approach Earth this week.
Bus-sized asteroids will make their closest approach to our planet on July 6 and July 7, 2022, respectively.
The first one will reach 84,000 miles/135,000 kilometers from Earth today, July 6, 2022. That’s about a third of the distance between Earth and the Moon.
2022 is called NE and Classified by NASA, the near-Earth asteroid is 20 feet / 6 meters long. That’s about the size of a bus.
It’s not a dangerous event, but an asteroid expert described it as a “very close event.” Filmed at the top of Dedicated NASA website It explains in detail the five close encounters with asteroids.
The next one will be on July 7, 2022 2022 NF, which will get you even closer – just 55,000 miles / 89,000 km. This is about a quarter of the distance between the Earth and the Moon.
It’s slightly larger at about 23 feet / 7 meters.
If you want to watch the 2022 NF swing close to Earth, visit Virtual Telescope Project YouTube page Or visit his site website. During the stream, astronomer Gianluca Massi will use the 17-inch PlaneWave telescope.
It begins at 21:00 UTC (17:00 ET and 14:00 ET) on July 6, 2022.
2022 NE and 2022 NF were detected on July 4, 2022 by the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) at Haleakala Observatory, Hawaii.
It was just two days before 2022 NE was due to make its closest approach.
I wish you a clear sky and wide eyes.