Large 576 ft to 1,288 ft diameter asteroid passing Earth
Today the large asteroid ‘(2015 UG67)’ is zipping past Earth, thankfully missing by 34,425,052 miles.
The first time this asteroid (with the catchy name ‘(2015 UG67)’) was spotted was on Oct 10, 2015. Since 2015 it has passed Earth 4 times and we can expect it to return two more times within the next 100 years.
(2015 UG67) measures 576 foot to 1,288 foot in diameter and will pass by Earth at a distance of 34,425,052 miles.
Fun Fact: If this asteroid was a member of a frequent flyer club, it would amass 1,555,644 frequent flier miles per day.
The solar system has been a violent place ever since the Sun formed 4.6 billion years ago. 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, or 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 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 measured a full over eleven kilometers across, and causing the end of the Creataceous-Palogene era in a mass extinction event kiiling 75% of animal species.