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Football field-sized asteroid zooms dangerously close to Earth

Football field-sized asteroid zooms dangerously close to Earth

A medium-sized asteroid surprised astronomers with an unexpected near miss of the Earth on the weekend. The asteroid, designated 2018 GE3, made its closest approach to Earth at around 2.41 a.m. EDT on Sunday, according to a Space.com report.

Its closest indicate Earth was simply 119,500 miles (192,317 km) away. That's in contrast to the moon's quarter-million-mile (400,000 km) distance. Inning accordance with NASA, hours later on, at about 5:59 a.m. EDT on April 15, the area rock passed even closer to the moon than it needed to Earth.

NASA estimates that the passerby visitor had a diameter of 48 to 110 meters, that is, three to six times as large as the other asteroid in 2013 that exploded over Chelyabinsk in Russian Federation, injuring more than 1,200 people and causing damage to buildings up to 93 km.

If the asteroid had actually entered our environment, a fantastic part of the area rock would have broken down due to friction with the air.

"However, some of an asteroid this size might have gotten through to Earth's surface, and an asteroid this big is capable of causing some regional damage, depending on various factors such as composition, speed, entry angle, and location of impact".

Asteroid 2018 GE3, an Apollo type earth-crossing asteroid, was flying through area at 66,174 miles per hour (106,497 km/h). The almost undetected space rock flew by Earth at an estimated 66,174 miles per hour. Astronomers across the globe are rigorously applying efforts at detecting and tracking near-Earth objects (NEOs). It has since been labeled 2018 GE3 and it passed by the planet at close range mere hours after detection.

At 110 metres long, the asteroid would be nearly six times the length of the meteor that nearly wiped out Chelyabinsk. A previously undetected asteroid the size of a football field just missed the Earth have the distance to the Moon, and no one saw it until the last minute.