A warehouse Sized Asteroid Said Hello To Earth

GETTYHuge asteroid shoots past Earth at record close distance- and astronomers MISSED IT

Its closest approach to our planet occurred at around 2:41 a.m. EDT (06:41 GMT) on Sunday, when the asteroid came just 192,000 kilometers (119,500 miles) away from Earth's atmosphere. But according to Andrew Rader, a researcher and engineer at SpaceX, 2018 GE3 is "vast enough to destroy a city".

The giant asteroid, estimated to be between 47 and 100 metres in width, was flew by Earth at a speed of 106,000 kilometres per hour.

NASA JPLThe flight path of 2018 GE3
NASA JPLThe flight path of 2018 GE3

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). 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.

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.

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

The "medium-sized" space object is reportedly over three times the size of a meteor that entered the atmosphere over Russian Federation in 2013 and injured more than 1,000 people. Not this time, but a Chelyabinsk-type event can clearly repeat.

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If the asteroid had hit Earth, the devastation would have been regional but not global, and it's possible 2018 GE3 could have even burned up in the atmosphere before ever reaching our planet.

A massive asteroid the size of a football field whizzed past us in the early hours of April 15, in one of the scariest near miss in more than 15 years, Space.com reports. Most asteroids can be measured to about 580 miles across, but they usually circulate between Mars and Jupiter and don't pose a threat to Earth.

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"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", EarthSky reports.

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