Asteroid 2023 HG1 Hurtling towards Earth
Details have been released by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory about five asteroids that will approach Earth closely in May. Asteroid 2023 HG1 is currently travelling towards Earth at a speed of 7200 KMPH (2 KMPH) and is estimated to be the size of a house. On May 9, 2023, it is expected to pass within 2,590,000 miles (4,160,000 km) of Earth, with a diameter of 60 feet (18 metres).
Asteroid 2023 HG1 Hurtling towards Earth: Key Points
- NASA explains that asteroids are remnants from the formation of our solar system approximately 4.6 billion years ago.
- The formation process involved the collapse of a large cloud of gas and dust, with most of the material accumulating at the centre to form the sun.
- According to NASA, planets formed from some of the dust that condensed in the cloud, while the objects in the asteroid belt are remnants from that era.
- Asteroids vary in size and shape since they develop in different regions and distances from the sun, making them distinct from one another.
- They do not exist in the same manner as planets and have uneven, rough outlines. Some asteroids range from several hundred miles in diameter to pebble-sized.
- Although the majority of asteroids are composed of various rock types, a few contain metals or clays, such as nickel and iron.