Large 1,320 ft to 2,951 ft diameter asteroid passing Earth
Today the large asteroid ‘230111 (2001 BE10)’ is zipping past Earth, thankfully missing by 22,979,352 miles.
The first time the asteroid ‘230111 (2001 BE10)’ was spotted was on Jan 18, 2001. Since 1900 it has passed Earth 144 times and within the next 100 years it will return 212 more times, getting as close as 3,782,551 miles to Earth in 2175.
230111 (2001 BE10) is foot to foot in diameter and is passing by Earth at a distance of miles.
NASA has marked this asteroid as potentially hazardous, which means is has a significant size and will pass periously close to Earth in the future. Most asteroids will eventually be cleared as more data is gathered about their orbits.
Fun Fact: If this asteroid was a member of a frequent flyer club, it would amass 580,701 frequent flier miles per day.
A new study involving the University of Southampton has discovered that about 290 million years ago, Earth experienced a sharp increase in the number of asteroids crashing into it.
Unlike previous studies that has focused on craters on Earth often worn away due to erosion and other geological processes, this study looked at craters on our Moon.
Researchers believe both celestial bodies have been hit in the same proportion over time, and since the moon is immune to plate tectonics that gradually destroy Earth’s craters, it’s a perfect place to look.