Asteroid buzzed Earth this weekend

Asteroid buzzed Earth this weekend

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. That's closer than the moon, which orbits Earth at an average distance of 238,900 miles.

According to NASA, it posted on its website that it is nothing as compared to asteroids which are present in between the Mars and Jupiter, whose length can spread across 580 miles. Those asteroids, however, pose no threat to Earth.

The asteroid that flew by Earth Sunday was up to six times the size of the meteor that exploded over Russia's Ural Mountains in Chelyabinsk back in February 2013.

"If 2018 GE3 had hit Earth, it would have caused regional, not global, damage, and might have disintegrated in the atmosphere before reaching the ground", SpaceWeather.com reported. There would be no risk to the Earth as a whole if the size of the asteroid is less than 1km.

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.

NASA tracks asteroids that make close approaches to Earth, providing data on the distance and estimated diameter of each object.

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.

A medium-sized asteroid surprised astronomers with an unexpected near miss of the Earth on the weekend.

That's significantly smaller than the 2018 GE3 asteroid. Anyway, it is a close call but it had made any minor contact with the Earth's surface than it will be more painful to read this story that explains the deaths and destructions.

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