Planet Earth survives terrifying close shave with a monster asteroid

How a Football Field Size Asteroid Caught Us by Surprise

How a Football Field Size Asteroid Caught Us by Surprise

The asteroid called 2013 US3 included in the list of potential threats to Earth, the maximum closer to the Blue planet on April 29.

The most disturbing thing about 2018 GE3 is that it wasn't spotted until it was very close to Earth, giving scientist little time to prepare or assess what the damage might be if the asteroid entered the atmosphere. While most asteroids stay within the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, others pass by the Earth but aren't detected because they are typically small and dark.

The asteroid was first detected by astronomers over at the Catalina Sky Survey on Saturday, April 14th, EarthSky reports.

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Asteroid 2018 GE3, an Apollo type earth-crossing asteroid, was flying through area at 66,174 miles per hour (106,497 km/h). "Hours later, amateur astronomer Michael Jäger of Weißenkirchen Austria video-recorded the space rock gliding through the southern constellation Serpens", Spaceweather.com reported.

Had the object, first observed at the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona on Saturday, moving at a speed of some 66,174 miles per hour (106,497 km/h), hit the Earth, its impact would be hard to imagine.

This newfound asteroid is nearly three to six times bigger than another recent meteor which broke up over Chelyabinsk, Russia, in 2013.

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The newfound asteroid was estimated to be 48 to110 meters (157 to 360 feet) in diameter.

NASA tracks asteroids that make close approaches to Earth, providing data on the distance and estimated diameter of each object.

"However, some of an asteroid this size might have gotten through to Earth's surface, and an asteroid this big is capable of causing some regional damage, depending on various factors such as composition, speed, entry angle, and location of impact", the space website explains.

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Illustration of the orbit of asteroid 2018 GE3. The almost undetected space rock flew by Earth at an estimated 66,174 miles per hour.

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