Large 833 ft to 1,862 ft diameter asteroid passing Earth
Today the large asteroid ‘(2002 GA)’ is zipping past Earth, thankfully missing by 16,860,772 miles.
The first time asteroid ‘(2002 GA)’ was detected was on Apr 01, 2002. Since 1914 it has passed Earth 16 times and we can expect it to return twenty-four more times within the next 100 years.
(2002 GA) is 833 foot to 1,862 foot in diameter and is passing by Earth at a distance of 16,860,772 miles.
Fun Fact: If this asteroid was a member of a frequent flyer club, it would amass 800,107 frequent flier miles per day.
According to a new study published in Science involving the University of Southampton, the number of asteroids crashing into 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 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.