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Asteroid buzzed Earth this weekend

18 April 2018

When an asteroid estimated to be about the size of a football field zoomed past Earth early Sunday, April 15, astronomers had only discovered it a couple of hours before.

Now recently NASA had released a chart of NEOs that are in a position to pass the earth in future using the CNEOs software. The orbit appears to extend to the inner part of the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

The 2018 GE3 is roughly 3.6 times the size of the one that impacted Earth in Russia's Tunguska region in 1908. "2018 GE3 was found less than a day before its closest approach", said the report.

'Hours later, amateur astronomer Michael Jäger of Weißenkirchen Austria video-recorded the space rock gliding through the southern constellation Serpens'. 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.

This particular asteroid was not just larger that the one that struck Tunguska, it was estimated to produced 185 times more energy than the Hiroshima atomic bomb, a report in space.com said.

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According to ScienceAlert, 2018 GE3 buzzed by at a speed of 106,000 kilometers per hour (66,000 miles per hour), and would have caused some serious damage had it collided with our planet. However, an asteroid this size is capable of causing some regional damage, depending on various factors such as composition, speed, entry angle, and location of impact.

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That's significantly smaller than the 2018 GE3 asteroid.

Just a day after being discovered dangerously close and approaching Earth, an asteroid, potentially capable of causing significant damage, has darted past our planet almost missing it on an astronomical scale.

Asteroid buzzed Earth this weekend