Undetected Asteroid Nearly Missed The Earth, Shows Glaring Holes In Detection Capabilities

Undetected Asteroid Nearly Missed The Earth, Shows Glaring Holes In Detection Capabilities

An asteroid whose size is about a football field fly close to the Earth on Sunday and it is said to be one of the closet encounters for the planets.

The 110-metre long asteroid, which has been dubbed 2018 GE3 by NASA, shot by just 192,500km away - half the distance between the Earth and the Moon.

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

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Space Weather reported, '2018 GE3 was discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey approaching Earth on April 14th. The asteroid was discovered just one day before it flies close to the earth surface and this is what scientists are calling as " surprise" flyby.

This newfound asteroid is nearly three to six times bigger than another recent meteor which broke up over Chelyabinsk, Russia, in 2013. The largest known asteroid is the Center with a diameter of 530 km. For comparison, the Chelyabinsk meteorite that hit Russian Federation in February 2013 was about three to six times smaller in diameter, yet its explosion in the atmosphere damaged over 7,000 buildings and injured some 1,500 people due to shattered glass.

Asteroid 2018 GE3, an Apollo type asteroid, was flying through space at 66,174 miles per hour (106,497 km/h). "A 10-meter size object already packs the same energy as a nuclear bomb", Andrew Cheng, who led a 2000-2001 mission for NASA to orbit and land on an asteroid, told Fox News at the time. It's half the distance to the moon and it's at this distance from the Earth that an asteroid has passed, on Sunday, April 15th.

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That's significantly smaller than the 2018 GE3 asteroid. The almost undetected space rock flew by Earth at an estimated 66,174 miles per hour.

"If 2018 GE3 had hit Earth, it would have caused regional, not global, damage, and might have disintegrated in the atmosphere before reaching the ground", Spaceweather.com explained in a Facebook post.

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