An asteroid traveling at almost 15 miles a second missed Earth nearly.
Asteroid 2019 OK, estimated to be between 187 feet and 427 feet in diameter, got here within 43,500 miles of putting the Earth — nearer than the moon.
The asteroid was flying in the direction of us from the path of the solar, making it arduous to identify. It was only first seen just a few days in the past and was only confirmed to be an asteroid before now day.
It is impressively close. I do not suppose it is somewhat sunk in but. It is a reasonably large deal,” Affiliate Professor Michael Brown of Monash University’s school of physics and astronomy told the Sydney Morning Herald.
Had the asteroid hit, the impact would have been comparable to the explosion of a nuclear weapon.
“It would have hit with over 30 occasions the power of the atomic blast at Hiroshima,” Swinburne University astronomer Alan Duffy advised the paper, calling it a “city-killer asteroid.”
Brown stated that right now’s incident was one of many closest identified approaches to Earth by an asteroid. The asteroid was so close that if somebody had been trying on the proper spot within the sky, they’d be capable of seeing it utilizing only binoculars.
Although the asteroid might have been devastating if it hit the Earth, it would not evaluate to the asteroid that worn out the dinosaurs, which was practically 10 miles throughout. Earth itself is over 7,900 miles in diameter.
According to NASA, Asteroid 2019 OK has been close to Earth earlier than, however by no means so shut. Its last visit was February 1, 2017, although it was over 25 million miles away from the surface of Earth. It’s subsequently anticipated to come back inside 46 million miles of Earth in 2024. For reference, solar is about 93 million miles away from our planet. The asteroid was one of four that flew by Earth Wednesday, although Asteroid 2019 OK was the closest and most significant. Asteroid HM10 handed Earth by 2.9 million miles, Asteroid 2019 OD was 219,375 miles from Earth’s surface, and at last, Asteroid 2019 OE came inside 602,000 miles from Earth, or about two and a half instances the space between Earth and the Moon. Of the three different rocks, Asteroid 2019 OD was the largest, believed to be between 170 feet and 393 feet across.