Another Major Asteroid Approaching Earth

Feb 10, 2018, 06:00
Another Major Asteroid Approaching Earth

Scientist had been tracking Asteroid 202 AJ129 for about a year and knowing all along that this medium sized space rock posed no threat to Earth.

Called asteroid 2018 CB, the space rock will shave by our planet at around 2230 GMT, the U.S. space agency said.

Astronomers say it is between 50 and 130 feet wide, which means it may well be bigger than the asteroid that entered the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk, Russia, and slammed into the ground nearby in 2013. Small asteroids pass between the planet and the moon several times a month.

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The planet Earth is set to have a close encounter with a small asteroid today.

"Asteroid 2018 CB" will be about 39,000 miles away when it zooms past. The asteroid, which is estimated to be between 50 and 130 feet (15 and 40 meters) in size, was also discovered by CSS on February 4.

Another asteroid discovered by CSS on the same day passed by Earth on Tuesday. Scientists calculated its closest approach was a distance of 114,000 miles from Earth.

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This is an artist's illustration of the "Halloween Asteroid" 2015 TB145, which looks like a skull.J.

The manager of NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies, Paul Chodas, said that most asteroids this size come this close only once or twice a year.

"These asteroids are simply too small to be detected until they get really close to our planet", he wrote.

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On Feb. 15, 2013, an asteroid roughly 17 metres in size lit up the sky over Chelyabinsk breaking up, with a large piece landing in a lake.