NASA: All set for approaching Asteroid 2022 TN1

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NASA: All set for approaching Asteroid 2022 TN1
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NASA is closely monitoring the approach of asteroid 2022 TN1, a massive rock 1029 feet wide, set to pass near Earth on April 30, 2024, at a distance of about 7,130,461 kilometers—less than 19 times the moon’s distance. While the asteroid’s speed of 63,828 kilometers per hour is alarming, experts assure that there’s no risk of impact, providing a timely reminder of potential cosmic threats.

NASA: All set for approaching Asteroid 2022 TN1

Located between Mars and Jupiter, the main asteroid belt hosts many space rocks, including 2022 TN1, which follows an irregular orbit, bringing it close to Earth periodically.

The consequences of an asteroid-Earth collision would be devastating. Statistics show such events occur roughly every 166,000 years, resulting in widespread destruction. A 15-kilometer-wide asteroid impact could claim millions of lives, cause massive fires, and trigger destructive shockwaves and earthquakes.

NASA is actively developing advanced technologies like nuclear explosions and kinetic impactors to deflect asteroids and prevent potential catastrophes. While the likelihood of impact is low, the imminent passage of 2022 TN1 underscores the importance of planetary defense efforts.