Large 872 ft to 1,950 ft diameter asteroid passing Earth
Today the large asteroid ‘52381 (1993 HA)’ is zipping past Earth, thankfully missing by 34,286,380 miles.
The first time this asteroid (with the catchy name ‘52381 (1993 HA)’) was spotted was on Apr 17, 1993. Since 1902 it has passed Earth 74 times and we can expect it to return one hundred and twelve more times within the next 100 years.
52381 (1993 HA) is 872 foot to 1,950 foot in diameter and is passing by Earth at a distance of 34,286,380 miles.
Fun Fact: If this asteroid was a member of a frequent flyer club, it would amass 325,337 frequent flier miles per day.
According to a new study published in Science involving the University of Southampton, the number of asteroids hitting Earth have increased by up to three times over the past 290 million years.
Unlike previous studies that focused on impact craters on Earth which are often gone due to erosion and other geological processes, this study examined craters on the 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.