A football field-sized asteroid made a close shave with our home planet on April 15.
Now recently NASA had released a chart of NEOs that are in a position to pass the earth in future using the CNEOs software. If they can't, failing to detect an asteroid could happen again and it could come with devastating consequences next time. "2018 GE3 was found less than a day before its closest approach".
SpaceWeather.com reports asteroid 2018 GE3 was discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey on Saturday. 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.
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During the 2013 Chelyabinsk event, 1500 people were injured and 7300 buildings damaged by the intense overpressure generated by the shockwave at Earth's surface.
"It doesn't take a very large object". Traveling with a speed of around 106,000 kilometers per hour, this "Tunguska"- size asteroid was as far away from Earth as half the average distance between our planet and the Moon.
The asteroid which flies past the earth has a speed about 66,000 miles per hour but the speed will have broken down once the asteroid enters the Earth's atmosphere. "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. 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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Illustration of the orbit of asteroid 2018 GE3.
The asteroid, dubbed 2018 GE3, passed by Earth at 2:41 EDT Sunday morning and was estimated to be between 157 to 361 feet in diameter. 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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