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. The sheer size and speed of the asteroid, at 66,000 miles per hour, could have meant catastrophic consequences for our planet, had it been on a collision course. But it is not that nobody wants to do it. GE3 swept by at half the moon’s distance Sunday, just hours after being detected.
The asteroid was first observed by the Catalina Sky Survey at the early hours of Saturday. The nearest town was over 35 miles (60 kilometers) away. This was due to the remoteness of the site and the problems that Russia was facing at the time that this occurred. There are, however, some asteroids that pass by Earth. Elizabeth Howell is a regular contributor to Live Science and Space.com, along with several other science publications.