Asteroid Zooms Close to Earth Surprising Astronomers


Yesterday, an asteroid three to six times larger than that rock came out of nowhere and passed by the Earth at a distance of 119,500 miles, about half the distance to the moon-and scientists only had a few hours' warning before it closed in. reported: "It is a significant asteroid, illustrating how even large space rocks can still take us by surprise".

If the asteroid had hit Earth, the devastation would have been regional but not global, and it's possible 2018 GE3 could have even burned up in the atmosphere before ever reaching our planet. Earth's moon sits about 238,900 miles from us. There really is no telling, as mapping the impact trajectories of objects crashing down to Earth is notoriously hard, and scientists were left with just a few hours to scramble for this one.

EarthSky reported the asteroid, labelled 2018 GE3, came within about 192,300 kilometres of Earth at its closest point at 6.41pm on Sunday.

Will 2018 GE3 collide with the Earth one day? Around 1500 people of Chelyabinsk in Russian Federation ware admitted to the hospital for minor injuries that caused by shuttered glass pieces when a medium-sized asteroid that exploded over the city in 2013.

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The asteroid was first perceived by astronomers at the Catalina Telescope at the University of Arizona, only 21 hours before its nearest passage from Earth on Monday morning broadcasts the Athenian-Macedonian News Agency.

That's significantly smaller than the 2018 GE3 asteroid.

According to NASA's website, the estimated diameter of the rock ranged from 131 to 328 feet. The asteroid which flies past the earth has a speed about 66,000 miles per hour but the speed will have broken down once the asteroid enters the Earth's atmosphere.

An asteroid whose size is about a football field fly close to the Earth on Sunday and it is said to be one of the closet encounters for the planets.

Although, asteroids are hard to track, it's rare for one to come so close to Earth without being picked up well in advance.