NASA Asteroid Tracker: 125-Foot NEO Skims Earth On Tuesday

James Marshall
September 10, 2019

On July 25, an enormous asteroid which was roughly the dimensions of a football pitch skimmed Earth, and scientists had been unaware it was coming.

In a statement after the crash, NASA experts explained that they are not capable of tracking asteroids of such small sizes.

NASA has detected an asteroid nearly as big as the Empire State Building that's on a near-collision course with Earth. This leads us to believe that Asteroid RG2 will safely pass us from a distance of 523,529 kilometres - that's approximately how far apart the Moon is from Earth! CNEOS predicted that the asteroid will enter Earth's neighborhood on September 6 at 12:21 am EDT.

Asteroid 2019 QZ3 flew by at 6:49 a.m. ET; asteroid 2019 RG2 follows at around 3:13 p.m. ET, and the third, asteroid 2019 QY4, flashes past at 9:10 p.m. ET, the International Business Times reported.

2019 GT3 is nearly as big as a skyscraper, with a diameter of 1,247 feet and will hurtle past Earth at 30,500 miles per hour. Computer-simulated awful footage produced by the Discovery Channel for the Miracle Planet documentary series in 2008 shows the effect a huge asteroid would have if it struck the Earth.

RG2 is the fastest asteroid, speeding by at a velocity of almost 50,000 miles per hour (80,000 kilometers/hour), while QY4 is moving at just over 17,000 mph (27,000 km/h).

Due to its massive size, the asteroid will not break up or explode in mid-air if it enters Earth's atmosphere.

Since 2019 GT3 oftentimes intersects and approaches Earth at dangerously close distances, it has been labeled by CNEOS as a potentially hazardous asteroid.

According to CNEOS, 2019 GT3 belongs to the Apollo family of asteroids. 2019 RA will be about 0.01162 astronomical units or around 1 million miles from the planet during its approach. Like other asteroids from this classification, 2019 GT3 and 2019 RA have wide orbits around the Sun and Earth.

Over 17,000 near-Earth asteroids remain undetected in our solar neighborhood. After this week's approach, the asteroid is not expected to appear in Earth's vicinity until June 20, 2030.

An asteroid which came crashing into Earth and NASA had no clue it was coming reiterates the necessity to keep a closer eye on the sky in case a giant space rock comes hurtling in the direction of our planet. Pictured; an artistic illustration of an asteroid flying by Earth.

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