Huge asteroid gives Earth surprise flyby

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"A couple of times a week, on average, an asteroid will come closer than the distance to the Moon, but most of those are hunks about the size of a bus or maybe a house". This asteroid is known as 2018 GE3 which was just 119,500 miles away from the Earth's atmosphere. The asteroids which are present in this belt do not pose any threat to the Earth.

"2018 GE3 was discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey approaching Earth on April 14th".

If you are not aware that a giant asteroid the size of a football field flew past Earth over the weekend, you are not alone as even NASA scientists got to know about the flyby only a few hours before it happened, media reported. "Hours later, amateur astronomer Michael Jäger of Weißenkirchen Austria video-recorded the space rock gliding through the southern constellation Serpens", Spaceweather.com reported.

The newfound asteroid was estimated to be 48 to110 meters (157 to 360 feet) in diameter.

This newfound asteroid is nearly three to six times bigger than another recent meteor which broke up over Chelyabinsk, Russia, in 2013.

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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.

It was also incredibly fast-it was traveling at a speed of 66,174 miles per hour, or Mach 86.

It's a general rule to trust governments and space agencies to be able to do things like detect oncoming asteroids that might impact the earth at some point. But according to Andrew Rader, a researcher and engineer at SpaceX, 2018 GE3 is "vast enough to destroy a city".

The image above shows a diagram of asteroid 2018 GE3's orbit when it made a close pass by the Earth on April 15, 2018. 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.

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