According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a large asteroid nearly the size of an aeroplane is now travelling toward Earth on September 13, 2022. The asteroid 22 RQ is already heading toward Earth and is moving at the astounding rate of 49,536 miles per hour.
Continue reading to find out if asteroid 22 RQ will pass by Earth or miss without causing any problems.
According to NASA, asteroid 22 RQ will miss Earth when it makes its closest approach at a distance of 3.7 million kilometres. However, the Planetary Defense Coordination Office of NASA has issued a warning that asteroid 22 RQ, at 84 feet broad, is almost as large as an aeroplane.
The-sky.org reports that Asteroid 22 RQ was initially found on September 1, 2022. It is a member of the major Apollo asteroid group.
In order to monitor asteroids, NASA also maintains a NEO Observations Program that aids in the recording, monitoring, and characterization of over 90% of NEOs (near-Earth objects) that are 140 metres in size or bigger.