“Yo-yo” asteroid passing Earth for the ninetieth time since 1909.
An asteroid named ‘(2016 GH135)’ is on course to pass by earth 140 times in the next 100 years. After passing Earth today it will return next time in Oct 2019. NASA will continue to monitor it’s path carefully.
The first time asteroid ‘(2016 GH135)’ was spotted was on Apr 05, 2016. Since 1909 it has passed Earth 90 times and within the next 100 years it will return 140 more times, getting as close as 7,517,382 miles to Earth in 2105.
(2016 GH135) is 317 foot to 708 foot in diameter and will pass by Earth at a distance of 25,827,134 miles.
Fun Fact: If this asteroid was a member of a frequent flyer club, it would amass 608,153 frequent flier miles per day.
Ever since the Sun formed 4.6 billion years ago, the solar system has been a violent place. Our little neck of the woods in space was once littered with meteors, comets and debris all crashing into each others and our planets, each millennia leaving behind impact craters. On Earth, these craters have been covered up or destroyed due to erosion, weather, and tectonic plates movements.
Researchers from NASA have now used data from a Moon probe, and found that 290 million years ago, the rate of impacts increased dramatically, and that this is 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 over eleven kilometers across, and it caused the end of the Creataceous-Palogene era killing 75% of animal species in a mass extinction event.