“Boomerang” asteroid passing Earth for the twenty-eighth time since 1917.
An asteroid named ‘(2014 JL25)’ is on course to pass by earth 24 times in the next 100 years. After passing Earth today it will return next time in Mar 2036. NASA will continue to monitor it’s path carefully.
The first time asteroid ‘(2014 JL25)’ was observed was on May 04, 2014. Since 1917 it has passed Earth 28 times and within the next 100 years it will return 24 more times, getting as close as 11,359,638 miles to Earth in 2111.
(2014 JL25) is 219 foot to 490 foot in diameter and is passing by Earth at a distance of 27,560,610 miles.
Fun Fact: If this asteroid was a member of a frequent flyer club, it would amass 947,112 frequent flier miles per day.
Ever since the Sun formed 4.6 billion years ago, the solar system has been a violent neighbourghood. Our little neck of the woods in space was once littered with meteors, comets and debris all crashing into each others and our planets, leaving impact craters. On Earth, these craters have been covered up or destroyed due to erosion, weather, and tectonic plates movements.
NASA Researchers have now used data from a Moon probe, and found that 290 million years ago, the rate of impacts increased dramatically, and it’s still ongoing.
Just one major impact with Earth could cause extinctions like the one that ended the dinosaurs 66 million years ago and created the Chicxulub crater in Mexico. That asteroid is estimated to have been a full 11 to 81 kilometers across, and it caused the end of the Creataceous-Palogene era in a mass extinction event kiiling 75% of animal species.