A warehouse Sized Asteroid Said Hello To Earth

18 April, 2018, 03:19 | Author: Harriet Bell
  • Эксперт дал прогноз нового сценария апокалипсиса на Земле

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.

The asteroid "2018 GE3", which was slightly larger than the one that exploded over Tunguska in Siberia in 1908, flattening 2,000 square kilometers of forest, passed at a distance of 192,300 kilometers, nearly half the distance of the Moon from Earth, according to the US Space Agency (NASA). The asteroids which are present in this belt do not pose any threat to the Earth.

Space Weather reported, '2018 GE3 was discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey approaching Earth on April 14th. That's about three to six times wider than the space rock that penetrated the Earth's atmosphere in 2013 and exploded over the city of Chelyabinsk in Russian Federation, packing 20 to 30 times the energy of the Hiroshima atomic bomb, notes EarthSky. The said object injured more than 1,200 people while damaging thousands of buildings up to 93 kilometers away from the impact site.

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"It doesn't take a very large 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. But according to Andrew Rader, a researcher and engineer at SpaceX, 2018 GE3 is "vast enough to destroy a city".

"However, some of an asteroid this size might have gotten through to Earth's surface, and an asteroid this big is capable of causing some regional damage, depending on various factors such as composition, speed, entry angle, and location of impact". It may make you feel much better (or even worse) to understand that asteroids get in Earth's environment undetected on a relatively routine basis. 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.

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