Another Major Asteroid Approaching Earth

Another Major Asteroid Approaching Earth

Another Major Asteroid Approaching Earth

This recently discovered asteroid it estimated by NASA to be anywhere from 50 to 120 feet across.

Another asteroid is headed our way - the second this week - but there's no need to worry.

Asteroid set to make rare close pass by Earth on Friday

The asteroid, called 2018 CB, will zip past Earth around 5:30 p.m. ET at a distance of 64,000 kilometres, or about one-fifth the distance from Earth to the moon.

While Friday's close approach isn't a huge deal, Chodas said in an email "it is a reminder that asteroids can pass very close to our planet and it's important that we find these objects when they do get close".

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United States media quoted the manager of Nasa's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies, Paul Chodas, saying that the asteroids this size usually don't come this close - just once or twice a year.

The path of asteroid 2018 CB, which will come close to Earth on February 10.

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On Super Bowl Sunday, an asteroid about a half-mile wide made what is considered to be a close pass by Earth of 2.6 million miles.

An asteroid predicted to be twice the size of the meteor which exploded over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in 2013 will slip past Earth Friday - just days after it was first spotted coming our way. In the meantime, astronomers are on the lookout for asteroids lurking in the cosmic shadows. According to NASA's Center for Near Earth Object Studies 13 other close approaches are set to take place this month, followed by five in March.

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In February 2013, a fireball lit the skies above Chelyabinsk as a small asteroid entered Earth's atmosphere.

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