A Football Field Size Asteroid get close to Earth this Weekend

Погубивший динозавров астероид погрузил Землю в темноту

Погубивший динозавров астероид погрузил Землю в темноту

The asteroid called 2013 US3 included in the list of potential threats to Earth, the maximum closer to the Blue planet on April 29. That's closer than the moon, which orbits Earth at an average distance of 238,900 miles. Registered as G018 GE3, the asteroid made a surprise flyby on Sunday, passing our planet at roughly a third of the distance to the moon, or just 119,500 miles (192,317 kilometers). While most asteroids stay within the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, others pass by the Earth but aren't detected because they are typically small and dark.

A newly discovered asteroid the size of a football pitch skimmed past alarmingly close to Earth - and scientists hadn't spotted it in advance.

The asteroid was first detected by astronomers over at the Catalina Sky Survey on Saturday, April 14th, EarthSky reports.

Five years ago, the 10,000-ton, 56-foot Chelyabinsk meteor exploded over Russian Federation with the force of 30 atomic bombs.

Earthsky.org reported: "An Apollo type earth-crossing asteroid, was flying through space at 66,174 miles per hour".

With an estimated diameter of 157 to 361 feet (48 to 110 meters), the asteroid's impact with the Earth could have caused substantial damage. "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. This first sighting occurred just 21 hours before the asteroid's closest approach to Earth. And that particular asteroid was estimated to have produced about 185 times more energy than the Hiroshima atomic bomb, the report said. But according to Andrew Rader, a researcher and engineer at SpaceX, 2018 GE3 is "vast enough to destroy a city". It may make you feel much better (or even worse) to understand that asteroids get in Earth's environment undetected on a relatively routine basis.

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