Huge asteroid gives Earth surprise flyby

How a Football Field Size Asteroid Caught Us by Surprise

A preliminary analysis of the orbit of 2018 GE shows this is the closest this particular space rock has come to Earth at least since 1930.

2018 GE3 - came just 119,500 miles away from our planet, around half the distance between Earth and the noon.

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Now recently NASA had released a chart of NEOs that are in a position to pass the earth in future using the CNEOs software.

Prof Fitzsimmons said: "It is important to know that scientists and engineers have made great strides in detecting Near-Earth Asteroids and understanding the threat posed by them".

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Asteroid 2018 GE3, an Apollo type earth-crossing asteroid, was flying through area at 66,174 miles per hour (106,497 km/h). Some hours later, Spaceweather.com reported that an amateur astronomer Michael Jager of Weibenkirchen Austria has posted the video of the asteroid that was recorded when asteroid fly past through the southern constellation Serpens. However, at 44 to 110 meters in diameter, this asteroid is big enough to cause massive damage if it was to hit our planet. 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. Nevertheless, a few of an asteroid this size may have gotten across Earth's surface area, and an asteroid this huge can triggering some local damage, depending upon different elements such as structure, speed, entry angle, and area of effect. "Nevertheless, it is a significant asteroid, illustrating how even large space rocks can still take us by surprise".

That's significantly smaller than the 2018 GE3 asteroid. Very first observed at Catalina Sky Study in Arizona on Saturday, April 14, 2018, the asteroid- which has actually been identified 2018 GE3- swept previous us at about half the Earth-moon range early Sunday early morning inning accordance with clocks in The United States and Canada.

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