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Planet Earth survives terrifying close shave with a monster asteroid

Astronomers Say an Asteroid Snuck Up on Us and Almost Hit Earth Yesterday Image credit YouTube
Stacy Houston | 18 April, 2018, 03:20

An asteroid whose size is about a football field fly close to the Earth on Sunday and it is said to be one of the closet encounters for the planets. Interest in the movement US3 2013 was due to the fact that this year the asteroid will come closer to the maximum distance with the Earth, which will reach 160 million kilometers. If they can't, failing to detect an asteroid could happen again and it could come with devastating consequences next time. The asteroids which are present in this belt do not pose any threat to the Earth.

It's being called a "surprise" because it was only discovered this past Saturday.

2018 GE3 was first discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey which is approaching Earth on April 14. 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.

An asteroid estimated to be at least 150 feet in diameter made an alarmingly close pass to Earth on Sunday morning just hours after it was first observed by astronomers.

Five years ago, the 10,000-ton, 56-foot Chelyabinsk meteor exploded over Russian Federation with the force of 30 atomic bombs.

Chibok girls: FG, Boko Haram talks halted
He had asked them not to lose hope, promising that his administration will ensure the girls are set free and brought back to them. In February, one faction kidnapped more than 100 schoolgirls from the town of Dapchi, previously untouched by the war.

According to ScienceAlert, 2018 GE3 buzzed by at a speed of 106,000 kilometers per hour (66,000 miles per hour), and would have caused some serious damage had it collided with our planet.

This particular asteroid was not just larger that the one that struck Tunguska, it was estimated to produced 185 times more energy than the Hiroshima atomic bomb, a report in space.com said.

Planet Earth had a narrow escape over the weekend when a huge space rock barely missed us. 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.

That's significantly smaller than the 2018 GE3 asteroid.

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