Published: Wed, April 18, 2018
Science | By Dan Gutierrez

The size of the football field Asteroid skimmed past Earth

The size of the football field Asteroid skimmed past Earth

The football field-size asteroid darted past us at half the lunar moon distance on Sunday, hours after it was first spotted.

2018 GE3, as the asteroid is named, was identified on April 14 by the Catalina Sky Survey, a project by the American University of Arizona, funded by NASA and dedicated to the search for asteroids and comets near the Earth.

Now recently NASA had released a chart of NEOs that are in a position to pass the earth in future using the CNEOs software. Scientists have assured that the asteroid is a potential threat to the Earth, and his course does not involve a direct meeting and clash with the Blue planet. That's about three to six times wider than the space rock that penetrated the Earth's atmosphere in 2013 and exploded over the city of Chelyabinsk in Russian Federation, packing 20 to 30 times the energy of the Hiroshima atomic bomb, notes EarthSky. According to a report, an asteroid may be broken into pieces while entering the earth atmosphere but this size asteroids won't do so.

"It doesn't take a very large object". And that particular asteroid was estimated to have produced about 185 times more energy than the Hiroshima atomic bomb, the report said.

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Had the object, first observed at the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona on Saturday, moving at a speed of some 66,174 miles per hour (106,497 km/h), hit the Earth, its impact would be hard to imagine.

"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", the space website explains. This first sighting occurred just 21 hours before the asteroid's closest approach to Earth.

Spaceweather.com reported: "It is a significant asteroid, illustrating how even large space rocks can still take us by surprise".

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