Asteroid Detected Just 16 Days Ago Passing Earth Today

Asteroid detected just 16 days ago passing Earth

Recently detected on April 07, asteroid ‘(2019 GM4)’ is making a near-Earth pass today, missing by 2,170,776 miles.

The first time this asteroid (with the catchy name ‘(2019 GM4)’) was detected was on Apr 07, 2019. Since 1928 it has passed Earth 10 times and we can expect it to return ten more times within the next 100 years.

(2019 GM4) is 176 foot to 394 foot in diameter and is passing by Earth at a distance of 2,170,776 miles.

Fun Fact: If this asteroid was a member of a frequent flyer club, it would amass 451,800 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 have often worn away due to erosion and other geological processes, this study looked at 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.