Asteroid the size of a football field makes 'surprise' flyby past Earth

Asteroid the size of a football field makes 'surprise' flyby past Earth

An Asteroid named GE3-2018 that in the size of 110 meters wide had just made a close call to earth on Sunday early morning around 2.41 am EST.

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. Those asteroids, however, pose no threat to Earth. 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.

A "Tunguska-class" asteroid was first spotted by the Catalina Sky Survey out of the University of Arizona on April 14. "Hours later, amateur astronomer Michael Jäger of Weißenkirchen Austria video-recorded the space rock gliding through the southern constellation Serpens", Spaceweather.com reported.

But an asteroid need not be in the Tunguska range to do damage: in 2013, the 65-foot-wide Chelyabinsk meteor exploded over Russian Federation, injuring 1,200 people and smashing thousands of windows. If GE3 had entered Earth's atmosphere it could have caused similar, if not more severe, damage.

"It might make you feel better (or worse) to know that asteroids enter Earth's atmosphere unnoticed on a fairly regular basis". The Asteroid passed the earth at the distance of 119,500 miles in the speed of 66,174 miles per hour.

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"Nevertheless, it is a significant asteroid, illustrating how even large space rocks can still take us by surprise".

The people of Earth were not even get notified about warehouse sized Astroid that passed the Earth in the range of half the distance of the Moon on Sunday. "2018 GE3 was found less than a day before its closest approach", said the report.

CNET said 2018 GE3 was among the largest space rocks to come so close to Earth.

"A preliminary analysis of the orbit of 2018 GE shows this is the closest this particular space rock has come to Earth at least since 1930", EarthSky reports.

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