Asteroid 2023 HO6, had a close encounter with Earth on 5 July, Check details!

A significant number of asteroids have recently made close approaches to Earth. And now that NASA has revealed that another asteroid is traveling toward Earth. Knowing this, there is even more interest in and concern about these celestial visitors. NASA has issued a warning about Asteroid 2023 HO6, which will make its closest approach to Earth on July 5 at a distance of 20,45,698 kilometers, or slightly more than five times the distance between the Earth and the Moon.

Asteroid 2023 HO6

Asteroid 2023 HO6

Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), a division of NASA that studies near-Earth objects (NEOs), has named this space rock Asteroid 2023 HO6. It is one of 1,298,148 known and observed asteroids at this time. On July 5, at a distance of roughly 2 million kilometers, asteroid 2023 HO6 will come very close to Earth. Surprisingly, it is already hurtling towards Earth in its orbit at a velocity of about 27969 kilometers per hour, which is just a little slower than the speed of a hypersonic ballistic missile.

Due to its proximity distance of approach and enormous dimensions, it has been added to NASA’s Close Approaches list and designated as a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid. The Apollo group of Near-Earth Asteroids, which consists of space rocks that travel near Earth and have semi-major axes that are larger than the Earth’s, includes asteroid 2023 HO6. These asteroids were found in the 1930s by German astronomer Karl Reinmuth and are named after the gigantic 1862 Apollo asteroid.

Is it really dangerous?

The swarm of 32,266 near-Earth asteroids includes many asteroids that pass by the Earth, but this one is extremely big. The main concern about this asteroid is therefore its enormous size. Its width is almost 570 feet, making it almost as big as a skyscraper. Asteroid 2023 HO6 is comparable in size to the Statue of Unity, the tallest statue in the world.

In fact, this asteroid is larger than the space rock that slammed into the earth in 1908 and caused the Tunguska event. Furthermore, it is much larger than the 59-foot asteroid that struck the city of Chelyabinsk in 2013 and injured over 1000 people in addition to destroying nearly 8000 buildings.

Even though the asteroid won’t destroy the planet, it could still cause a great deal of harm because it is incredibly big. It is larger than the carbonaceous asteroid that caused a 12-megaton explosion when it collided with Earth on June 30, 1908, in the Russian province of Yeniseysk. It destroyed 2150 square kilometers of forest upon impact, scorching the ground. The Tunguska event is the notorious name given to this incident.

David Morrison, a planetary science researcher at the NASA Ames Research Centre, described this event as the “largest cosmic event ever witnessed by humans.” Additionally, according to NASA, World Asteroid Day is commemorated on June 30 every year to mark the Tunguska event, which was the largest asteroid strike on Earth in recorded history.

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