Massive Football Field-Sized Asteroid Comes Close to Earth in Surprise Flyby

Greg Lawrence
April 18, 2018

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.

The safety of our planet, however, was jeopardized over the weekend when scientists nearly failed to detect a football field-sized asteroid heading towards Earth.

The giant asteroid was sighted a mere 21 hours before its closest approach to Earth, by the Catalina Sky Survey in Tucson. "Hours later, amateur astronomer Michael Jäger of Weißenkirchen Austria video-recorded the space rock gliding through the southern constellation Serpens", Spaceweather.com reported.

The asteroid which flies past by Earth on Sunday was about six times the size of the meteor that was exploded over Russia's Ural Mountains in Chelyabinsk in the month of February during the year 2013.

During the 2013 Chelyabinsk event, 1500 people were injured and 7300 buildings damaged by the intense overpressure generated by the shockwave at Earth's surface. The largest known asteroid is the Center with a diameter of 530 km.

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"It doesn't take a very large object".

It was also incredibly fast-it was traveling at a speed of 66,174 miles per hour, or Mach 86. "A 10-meter size object already packs the same energy as a nuclear bomb", Andrew Cheng, who led a 2000-2001 mission for NASA to orbit and land on an asteroid, told Fox News at the time.

Planet Earth had a narrow escape over the weekend when a huge space rock barely missed us.

Was Earth in risk from 2018 GE3? "Should the 2018 GE3 have impacted Earth, it would have caused a significant amount of damage, however, it would have been regional, not global damage", a space and weather website reported.

Just a day after being discovered dangerously close and approaching Earth, an asteroid, potentially capable of causing significant damage, has darted past our planet almost missing it on an astronomical scale.

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