The size of the football field Asteroid skimmed past Earth

The size of the football field Asteroid skimmed past Earth

The size of the football field Asteroid skimmed past Earth

While it doesn't sound like a short distance, 2018 GE3 was twice as close to the Earth as the moon is, which has an average orbit of 238,900 miles away. The asteroids which are present in this belt do not pose any threat to the Earth. 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.

Only a handful of scientists at NASA detected the asteroid as little as 21 hours before it crossed Earth by a narrow margin. For comparison, the Chelyabinsk meteorite that hit Russian Federation in February 2013 was about three to six times smaller in diameter, yet its explosion in the atmosphere damaged over 7,000 buildings and injured some 1,500 people due to shattered glass. If GE3 had entered Earth's atmosphere it could have caused similar, if not more severe, damage.

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And that particular asteroid was estimated to have produced about 185 times more energy than the Hiroshima atomic bomb, the report said.

The April asteroid, however, traveling at a speed of about 66,000 miles per hour, would have likely broken down "due to friction with the air" as soon as it entered Earth's atmosphere, EarthSky reported.

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2018 GE3 was first observed the day before its closest pass, by the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona, a Nasa-funded project supported by the Near Earth Object Observation Program. However, an asteroid this size is capable of causing some regional damage, depending on various factors such as composition, speed, entry angle, and location of impact.

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

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That's significantly smaller than the 2018 GE3 asteroid. That's in contrast to the moon's quarter-million-mile (400,000 km) distance.

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