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. This asteroid is known as 2018 GE3 which was just 119,500 miles away from the Earth’s atmosphere. The distance is about the half the distance between Earth and the moon and the estimated diameter of the space rock is about 131 to 328 feet as reported by NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies( CNEOS).
According to NASA, it posted on its website that it is nothing as compared to asteroids which are present in between the Mars and Jupiter, whose length can spread across 580 miles. The asteroids which are present in this belt do not pose any threat to the Earth.
2018 GE3 was first discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey which is approaching Earth on April 14. The asteroid was discovered just one day before it flies close to the earth surface and this is what scientists are calling as “ surprise” flyby. Some hours later, Spaceweather.com reported that an amateur astronomer Michael Jager of Weibenkirchen Austria has posted the video of the asteroid that was recorded when asteroid fly past through the southern constellation Serpens.
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.
Andrew Cheng, who led the NASA mission during the year 2000-2001 told Fox News that “It doesn’t take a very large object. A 10-meter size object already packs the same energy as a nuclear bomb.” 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.Tags: Asteroids, earth, NASA