We see a lot of meteors hitting the earth and these celestial rocks passing by the earth, they carry the will of destruction. But these passing rocks lit the night sky and made a majestic appearance while passing or entering our planet.
According to NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), the asteroid 2022 GN1 will pass between 79,000 miles (127,000 miles) from Earth.
That is about one-third of the distance between Earth and the moon. Although space rock is classified as a “potentially dangerous asteroid” by CNEOS due to its close association with Earth, the asteroid will not enter the atmosphere of our planet.
Timing And Size Of The Asteroid
Scientists have estimated that the 2022 GN1 is between 24 and 52 feet (7.7 to 16 m) wide, the size of a large bus. The asteroid will pass very closely at about 11:02 p.m. EDT (0302 GMT) at a speed of about 34,500 mph (55,500 kph), according to Newseek.
Can We See The 2022 GN1 Asteroid?
This asteroid will not be visible in the sky, but you can watch it through the Virtual Telescope Project. The video will be live at 9 p.m. EDT on April 5 (0100 GMT on April 6), and you can sing through the window above or directly through the Virtual Telescope Project website.
Read more: How big is the asteroid that’s coming in 2022?
How Was This Asteroid Discovered?
Astronomers discovered the asteroid 2022 GN1 only on Friday (April 1), using data collected by the PanSTARRS telescope at Haleakala in Maui, Hawaii, which regularly detects previously unknown objects near Earth.
Although most of the celestial rocks – especially the large ones – do not collide with the Earth, our planet is often hit by small objects in space. On March 30, for example, a small meteor erupted over Indiana, creating a boom that shocked and stunned residents but did not cause any damage.
Can 2022 GN1 Asteroid Impact Earth?
NASA is using the Planetary Defense Coordination Office for detection of any impact on the earth. The agency not only recognizes the environment, but also develops asteroid protection technologies that can protect us from potential collisions.
In September this year, NASA will deliberately crash the DART spacecraft into the asteroid Dimorphism in an attempt to change its orbit.
The asteroid, like many of its members of the Apollo asteroid family, has a broader Inner Solar System that takes it far beyond the orbit of Mars before turning back and passing through Earth – this time very close to the Sun just outside Venus’ orbit.
In this merger, it will be seen in the constellation Virgo, although only the best astronomers can capture its reunion.
Also read: What asteroid has the highest chance of hitting Earth?
Can We See 2022 GN1 Again?
In case you missed the passing of the asteroid 2022 GN1 today, it will return to another plane in August 2056, according to CNEOS. And if you do not want to wait that long to see another close encounter, your next chance is right next – the asteroid 2022 GQ1 will pass mid-month on Thursday (April 7) morning.