NASA reports that asteroid 2022 AY6, which is 20 meters long, will cross Earth’s path tomorrow.
According to NASA, asteroid 2022 AY6 will pass by planet Earth on Tuesday, January 18. The 20-meter asteroid is classified as a Near Earth Object (NEO) and will make its passage at a distance of 489,185 kilometers from our home planet. The asteroid is currently in the constellation Gemini and is approaching Earth. Amazingly, the asteroid will be so close to Earth that you can actually WATCH it! The asteroid will be visible at a selected location in Greenwich, United Kingdom. Given its size, locals can see it through slow shutter photography. Although the asteroid will not be visible to the naked eye, given its size and the distance between us, astronomy fans can use a telescope pointing northeast at 6 degrees above the horizon to see the asteroid.
As for when to view the asteroid, know that it will rise above the Earth’s horizon at 7:05 a.m. IST near Greenwich, UK, and set at 9:21 a.m. IST. Because atmospheric conditions are subject to change, these times may shift slightly with an estimate of a few minutes. What you need to know about the NASA report on asteroid 2022 AY6 Earth’s last encounter with a NEO, dubbed by NASA as asteroid 2022 AY6, is a 20-meter celestial body. For reference, it will be approximately the size of a standard 7-storey building. Traveling through the constellation Gemini, the asteroid is currently more than 1 Lakh kilometer from Earth and is rapidly traveling towards us. The asteroid’s astronomical location is on the right ascension of 04h 30m 29s and declination of +38° 01′ 29”. To the layman, right ascension and declination act as latitude and longitude for any object in space.
According to NASA data, asteroid 2022 AY6 will come so close to Earth for the first time in 10 years. The asteroid will not be visible again until 2032. After traversing our planet, the asteroid will make its way to the constellation Andromeda on January 18 before moving to the constellation Capricorn on January 19.
Interestingly, as many as 5 asteroids are expected to fly past Earth in the next two days, making it an exciting time for scientists and astronomy enthusiasts alike. Remember, though, that asteroids are dangerous and that if these space rocks were to deviate from their current course by anything, they could collide with Earth.