Since asteroids are an ever-present threat, apart from NASA, other organizations too are engaged in efforts to establish protocols for planetary protection against such threats. The International Asteroid Warning Network (IAWN) and the Space Mission Planning Advisory Group (SMPAG) have joined hands in order to eliminate planetary threats. While IAWN is tasked with establishing protocols and developing communication plans to aid in decision-making, SMPAG is responsible for selecting the technology that is needed for the deflection of Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) like asteroids and finalize the measures for planetary defense.
In the meanwhile, in a separate development, NASA, with the help of its advanced technological instruments, has issued a warning against an asteroid that is hurtling towards Earth.
According to the data published by CNEOS, an asteroid designated as Asteroid 2023 RF13 is approaching Earth rapidly and is expected to make its closest approach to the planet today, September 19. During its flyby, the asteroid will come as close as 4 million kilometers to Earth. Although this distance might seem a lot, it is relatively a small number in astronomical distances.
According to the details released by NASA, Asteroid 2023 RF13 is currently travelling towards Earth at 25787 kilometers per hour, which is multiple times faster than Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs)!
While Asteroid 2023 RF13 is not a planet killer, it is by no means a tiny rock. NASA estimates it to be between 82 feet and 183 feet wide, which makes it almost as big as an aircraft! According to NASA, this space rock belongs to the Amor group of Near-Earth Asteroids which are Earth-approaching near-Earth asteroids with orbits exterior to Earth butRead more on tech.hindustantimes.com