Will Asteroid 1998 HH49 Impact Earth?
There is some chance that you have reached this page because of some news stating that there is a significant risk that Asteroid 1998 HH49 will hit the Earth in the near future. Asteroid 1998 HH49 is in fact known as a Near Earth Object (or NEO), i.e. an asteroid whose orbit is close to intersect Earth's orbit. These asteroids are monitored very closely and, thanks to high precision position observations and celestial mechanic computations, their orbit is usually known with a high level of precision.
In fact, considering the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid 1998 HH49 with the Earth is happening on Tuesday 17 October 2023 at 00:33 UTC time. At that time the closest distance between Asteroid 1998 HH49 and the Earth is 1,173,407 kilometers, which is a distance equivalent to 3.0520 Lunar Distances, or 184.18 Earth Radii.