GE3 An asteroid flow Close to Earth today

GE3 An asteroid flow Close to Earth today

With little warning, a relatively large asteroid flew through the Earth-Moon system on April 15th only 192,200 km (0.5 LD) from our planet. You may have missed it though; humanity only learned of the asteroid hours before the flyby. Every ~ 2.5 years the area rock crosses the orbits of Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars- although not always making close techniques to the worlds themselves.

An asteroid as big as a football field scraped by Earth early Sunday just hours after it was first spotted by a NASA-affiliated observatory in Arizona.

Based on the intensity of its reflected sunlight, 2018 GE3 must be 48 to 110 meters wide, according to NASA-JPL. 2018 GE3 was discovered less than a day prior to prior to its closest method. "It was shining like a 13th-magnitude star at the time of my observations", Jäger said.

If 2018 GE3 had actually struck Earth, it would have triggered local, not worldwide, damage, and may have broken down in the environment prior to reaching the ground. There really is no telling, as mapping the impact trajectories of objects crashing down to Earth is notoriously hard, and scientists were left with just a few hours to scramble for this one.

The asteroid, named 2018 GE3, was from three to six times larger in diameter than the asteroid that broke through Earth's atmosphere in February 2013 and exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russian, EarthSky.org said.

But an asteroid need not be in the Tunguska range to do damage: in 2013, the 65-foot-wide Chelyabinsk meteor exploded over Russian Federation, injuring 1,200 people and smashing thousands of windows. 2018 GE3 could be 5 to 6 times broader than that item.

Wikipedia and other sources are now reporting that this is the largest asteroid to ever pass this close to Earth.

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