#Asteroid 2022

A huge, kilometer-wide asteroid will pass by Earth today

(CNN) — An asteroid estimated to be around a kilometer (3,451 feet) wide will fly by Earth on Tuesday. It will pass within 1.2 million miles of our planet, moving at 47,344 miles per hour (76,193 kilometers per hour), according to NASA's Center for Near Earth Object Studies, which tracks potentially hazardous comets and asteroids that could collide with our planet.
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Massive asteroid will be visible Tuesday, though NASA says it’s not a threat; Here’s how to see it

A kilometer-wide asteroid will safely soar past earth on Tuesday. NASA tweeted a video of the asteroid’s trajectory and while it looks small, it’s estimated to be around 2.5 times the height of the Empire State Building, according to EarthSky. At its closest point, the asteroid will be 1.2 million miles away from Earth, making it visible by backyard telescopes.

Asteroid 7482 to zip by Earth today, relatively closely

Asteroid 7482 (1994 PC1) won’t be this close to Earth for another 200 years. On Tuesday (Jan. 18, 2022), the asteroid more than two times the size of the Empire State Building will go zipping by the Earth. The space rock will fly by about 4:50 p.m. ET. While...

Ten Dazzling Celestial Events to See in 2022

Despite another chaotic year on planet Earth, 2021 was a great time for amateur astronomers. Earthbound spectators witnessed a spectacular “ring of fire” solar eclipse, enjoyed exceptionally dark skies for the annual Perseid meteor shower and were treated to a surprise comet “Leonard” that streaked through the December sky. With any luck, another comet might become visible as it cruises through our solar system in 2022. And amateur stargazers can also view a host of meteor showers and lunar events with nothing more than a pair of binoculars, good weather and a patch of unpolluted night sky. To help you set your calendar, we’ve rounded up the ten most significant celestial events that viewers in North America can hope to glimpse in the new year.

When can an asteroid impact cause massive destruction on Earth?

January 2022 was the month that saw three asteroids zooming past Earth and we are already headed towards a fourth asteroid event on January 18. Although these space objects may not pose any threat to our planet, there are others who have the potential to cause unprecedented damage which could lead to the extinction of our human race.

10 Things to Watch for in Planetary Science for 2022

Deploying a new space telescope; deflecting an asteroid with a spacecraft; and visiting a metal-rich asteroid. These items and more are on NASA’s 2022 calendar. The new James Webb Space Telescope delivers its first images in June. 2. Psyche: Mission to a Metal-Rich Asteroid. Launching in August 2022, NASA’s...

The Quadrantid meteor shower of 2022 peaks today!

Of the ten biggest annual meteor showers, just two could produce over 100 per hour: the December Geminids and the January Quadrantids, due to peak this Monday (Jan. 3). Every year, Earth briefly encounters the Quadrantid meteor shower in early January. Using constellations as a guide, Quadrantid meteors, or "Quads," appear to fan out from a spot in the night sky midway between the Big Dipper's handle and the four stars marking the head of Draco, the dragon.

Asteroid that dwarfs the Empire State Building flies by Earth today

Near-Earth Asteroid 7482 1994 CP1, which is about the size of two and a half Empire State Buildings, will safely sail past Earth this evening. The space rock, moving around 44,000 mph, will cruise about 1.2 million miles away from our home planet at 4:51 p.m. Though that is a long distance away, in terms of space it’s relatively close which is why the asteroid discovered in 1994 is given the “near-Earth” designation.

Skywatching Highlights for January 2022: Don’t Miss Quadrantid Meteor Shower and Mars Rising

What’s Up for January? New year, new Moon; midnight meteors; and Mars rises. January begins with a new moon on the 2nd. And that means the first week of the month is ideal for stargazing because the few days before and after the new moon are the darkest. Head outside around 8 or 9 p.m. all week and look southward to be dazzled by all the bright stars of the Winter Circle, along with the Pleiades, and Orion.