No, a 'Potentially Hazardous' Asteroid Isn't Buzzing Earth in May 2022
In early May 2022, some internet users were rattled by headlines that warned a large asteroid was set to buzz Earth in coming days, causing an unspecified “hazard. “Coming Thursday, A Potentially Hazardous Asteroid Will Zoom Past Earth; NASA Issues Warning,” the website Mashable reported in a May 3, 2022, headline, for example. To be clear, there is no known hazardous asteroid on a collision course with Earth in May 2022.
The space rock in question is named 2009 JF1, and in fact it won’t even come close to us. According to technology news site CNET, astronomers watching 2009 JF1 initially thought it would swing by Earth at a closer distance than is now anticipated: The asteroid had been on the European Space Agency Near-Earth Objects Coordination Center notable risk list, but it got kicked out of the top 10 in February.
Even if it had hit Earth, according to the ESA, there was little concern it would have caused major damage. But the fact it was initially judged to have a relatively high probability of hitting Earth and its approaching possible impact date (May 6, 2022) made astronomers pay attention. According to the European Space Agency (ESA), the rock was, as its name implies, first spotted in 2009 by NASA.
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