The size of the football field Asteroid skimmed past Earth

Эксперт дал прогноз нового сценария апокалипсиса на Земле

Only a handful of scientists at NASA detected the asteroid as little as 21 hours before it crossed Earth by a narrow margin. Designated 2018 GE3, made its closest approach to Earth at around 0641 GMT on April 15 (12:11 am, April 16 in Indian Standard Time) whizzing by at about half the average distance between Earth and the moon, according to NASA's Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS). Those asteroids, however, pose no threat to Earth. "2018 GE3 was found less than a day before its closest approach", said the report. Astronomers have increased their programs to seek near-Earth asteroids like 2018 GE3, but sometimes - like this time and as in 2013 with the Chelyabinsk event - asteroids do still surprise us.

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

With an estimated diameter of 157 to 361 feet (48 to 110 meters), the asteroid's impact with the Earth could have caused substantial damage.

"It doesn't take a very large object".

An asteroid called 2018 GE3 passed between our planet and the moon just hours after it was first spotted.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation supports US-led strikes in Syria, UN calls for restraint
Syrian air defenses responded firmly to the Western powers' attacks, shooting down most of the missiles fired at the country. Neither Washington nor Moscow want to see an escalation of the overall long-running conflict in Syria, say analysts.

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.

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.

That's significantly smaller than the 2018 GE3 asteroid. 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. In fact, it's half the distance between the Earth and the Moon.

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

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