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Asteroid 2022 GR2 on April 16, 2022: Just before Easter!  A piece of 120 meters crashed into orbit around the Earth today

Asteroid 2022 GR2 on April 16, 2022: Just before Easter! A piece of 120 meters crashed into orbit around the Earth today

Almost every day, giant asteroids race toward Earth. Fortunately, most of these encounters are completely harmless. On Holy Saturday (April 16, 2022) the 120-meter asteroid 2022 GR2 is approaching Earth and could cause serious damage in the event of a collision. That’s what NASA says.

A 120-meter asteroid will approach Earth on Holy Saturday.
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The diameter of the asteroid 2022 GR2 is about 120 meters, due to its proximity to Earth, it is considered “dangerous”. Now the rock is crossing the orbit of our planet. But do not worry: humanity is not threatened by disaster.

Asteroid 120 meters 2022 GR2 near Earth today on 16/04/2022

According to the US Space Agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) list of “Near-Earth Approaches”. NASA Up to asteroid 2022 GR2 on Apr 16, 2022 at 9:54 a.m. Closest point on its course. At this time, it will be only about four million kilometers from our planet. This corresponds to 10.4 times the distance to the Moon. Curious: Asteroid 2022 GR2 was discovered only a few days ago. If the Apollo asteroid maintains its former course and follows the calculations of astronomers, it should not pose any danger to Earth on Easter. However, if one day it deviates from its path and takes a direct path to our planet, the collision will have dire consequences.

The interactive map shows what happens when an asteroid hits Earth

With a size of 120 meters, asteroid 2022 GR2 could wipe an entire city off the map. According to the “asteroid collision map”, the impact of the asteroid will create a crater with a diameter of several kilometers. In a huge radius all buildings will be destroyed. Also, heat is potentially fatal for most people. Fortunately, an asteroid poses no danger on Holy Saturday. By the way, the asteroid 2022 GR2 will not be close to Earth again for four years.

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