Asteroid Scrapes by Earth Hours After First Being Spotted

Эксперт дал прогноз нового сценария апокалипсиса на Земле

Эксперт дал прогноз нового сценария апокалипсиса на Земле

The asteroid, dubbed 2018 GE3, passed by Earth at 2:41 EDT Sunday morning and was estimated to be between 157 to 361 feet in diameter. So much for the vaunted asteroid early detection program. Every ~2.5 years the space rock crosses the orbits of Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars-although not necessarily making close approaches to the planets themselves.

The asteroid was first observed by the NASA-funded Catalina Sky Survey project, based at the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Lab in Tucson, Time magazine reported.

That 10,000-ton meteorite shattered into thousands of small fragments that fell throughout the region, according to Time, injuring about 1,500 people and causing considerable damage.

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. "During my observations, he shone like a star of 13th magnitude" - he said GE3 2018 should amount to from 48 to 110 meters in width. 2018 GE3 was discovered less than a day prior to prior to its closest method. An interactive 3D orbit of the asteroid is offered from JPL.

With little caution, a fairly big asteroid flew through the Earth-Moon system on April 15th just 192,200 km (0.5 LD) from our world.