Huge asteroid shoots past Earth at record close distance - and astronomers MISSED IT Near-Earth Asteroids: Why Thousands Of Space Rocks Still Remain Undetected Weekend Asteroid Flyby Confirms We're Worrying About the Wrong Space Rocks NASA warns colossal asteroid BIGGER than Eiffel Tower heading to Earth THIS WEEK This Huge Asteroid Was Spotted Only One Day Before It Whizzed By Earth

Huge asteroid shoots past Earth at record close distance - and astronomers MISSED IT

AN ASTEROID the size of a football pitch zipped past Earth and astronomers had no idea it was coming sparking fears Earth is unprepared for a huge space rock hitting the planet.

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.

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Be respectful, keep it clean and stay on topic. The miss is the closest an asteroid has come to us since records began. Though nothing happened in this case, many wonder how many of these near-Earth objects (NEOs), exists in our neighborhood and why it is so late that we detect them, at least in some cases. It’s just that it gets really difficult to observe objects like these in visual wavelength, especially when they are small or medium-sized and dim.

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All rights reserved. We delete comments that violate our policy , which we encourage you to read. The first asteroid was Ceres, discovered by Giuseppe Piazzi in 1801. Technically, the term NEO means a space object that comes within 30 million miles of our planet. As, Live Science reported, the chemical composition of some asteroids makes them less reflective to be observed from ground based optical telescopes.

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Elizabeth has a Bachelor of Journalism, Science Concentration at Carleton University (Canada) and an M.Sc. Astronomers spotted an asteroid as big as a Walmart store or a city block just hours before it buzzed our planet Saturday. There are currently over 600,000 known asteroids in our solar system. There are millions of these objects in our neighborhood and every now and then one gets closer than the distance between the Earth and Moon, close by astronomical standards.

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Space Studies (distance) at the University of North Dakota. GE3, by comparison, is between 200 and 400 feet (48-110 meters) in diameter, or more like the size of a large warehouse. At 110 metres long, the asteroid would be almost six times the length of the meteor that almost wiped out Chelyabinsk. The International Asteroid Warning Network — a UN-sanctioned organization — includes NASA and other space agencies and is a global project on asteroid identification and tracking.

Asteroid buzzed Earth this weekend

2018 GE3 swept by at half the moon's distance Sunday, just hours after being detected. Its size is 3 to 6 times that of the space rock that penetrated the skies over Chelyabinsk, Russia, in 2013.

Elizabeth became a full-time freelancer after earning her M.Sc. in 2012. Asteroid 2018 GE3 flew past us today, half the distance to the Moon. In 2013, a 20 metre meteor exploded over the Russian city which smashed windows and caused injuries to more than 1,000 people. But, if we look from the perspective of size, considering objects like the one that flew past us last weekend or bigger than that, the data comes down to a few thousand asteroids.

Its closest point to Earth was just 119,500 miles (192,317 km) away. It was bigger than the meteor that exploded over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk five years ago. SpaceWeather  says that if asteroid 2018 GE3 had hit Earth, it would have caused regional and not global damage. Found at the explosion were also hundreds of charred reindeer carcasses. Tech Times' biggest stories, delivered to your inbox.

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That's nothing compared to asteroids that make up the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, which can measure to about 580 miles across,  NASA explains on its website . Around 50-100 m in diameter, it was several times the 2013 Chelyabinsk meteor, around the size of the 1908 Tunguska event ~ easily enough to destroy a city. Similarly, in 1908, a small asteroid up to 190 metres in size exploded over Siberia’s Tunguska which ruined woodlands across 800 miles.

Speaking of action, it is also worth noting NASA is working on a mission called Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), to deflect incoming asteroids. That’s in contrast to the moon’s quarter-million-mile (400,000 km) distance. It came between the Earth and the moon. It also concludes that the asteroid may have also broken up in the atmosphere before it hit the ground on Earth. It produced 185 times more energy than the atomic bomb explosion in Hiroshima.

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GE3 was discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey approaching Earth on April 14th. Wikipedia and other sources are currently reporting that this is the largest asteroid to ever pass this close to Earth. Alfie Evans latest: Why is there an air ambulance on stand-by? NASA astronomers have detected some 8,000 asteroids spanning at least 460 feet across, but approximately 17,000 similar ones still remain undetected, Space.com reported.

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It doesn’t take a very large object. However, a search of NASA near-Earth object observation data shows that a couple of larger asteroids passed within half the distance to the moon, one in 2001 and one in 2002 . Lyrid meteor shower: What time will it peak? The risk further increases from some 50 more that go beyond 3000 feet in diameter (as big as a mountain), that are still undiscovered. OPEC Sec.

Asteroid the size of a football field makes 'surprise' flyby close to Earth

An asteroid the size of a football field buzzed by Earth Sunday in one of the closest encounters the planet has seen in a while.

Asteroid 2018 GE3 flew past us today, half the distance to the Moon. But we are set for a real close call in almost exactly 11 years from now, when the asteroid 99942 Apophis will pass closer to us than the orbit of many man-made satellites on April 13, 2029. Daily Express" is a registered trademark. Over 17,000 near-Earth asteroids remain undetected in our solar neighborhood. OSCE Sec. Earth’s atmosphere does a good job of protecting us from incoming asteroids.

Asteroid as big as a warehouse is freakiest near miss in years

A space rock soared by Earth closer than half the distance to the moon just hours after being spotted for the first time on Saturday.

Around 50-100 m in diameter, it was several times the 2013 Chelyabinsk meteor, around the size of the 1908 Tunguska event ~ easily enough to destroy a city. Apophis is a menacing asteroid that could be 10 times the size of 2018 GE3. The space rock was as big as a warehouse (155-330 feet across) and approached Earth at just half the distance to the moon. Pictured; an artistic illustration of an asteroid flying by Earth.

Was Earth in danger from 2018 GE3? To keep that in perspective, the moon is 238,900 miles (385,000 kilometers) away from Earth. It flattened 80 million trees in the forest. No scientists explored the region until almost 20 years later. Most asteroids reside in the asteroid belt, which lies between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Run through the agency's Planetary Defense Coordination Office, the program uses a large network of telescopes to scan the skies.