“Boomerang” asteroid passing Earth for the thirty-sixth time since 1910.
An asteroid named ‘(2017 JB)’ is on course to pass by earth 28 times in the next 100 years. After passing Earth today it will return next time in Apr 2021. NASA will continue to monitor it’s path carefully.
The first time the asteroid ‘(2017 JB)’ was detected was on Feb 20, 2015. Since 1910 it has passed Earth 36 times and we can expect it to return twenty-eight more times within the next 100 years.
(2017 JB) is 174 foot to 389 foot in diameter and is passing by Earth at a distance of 14,976,650 miles.
Fun Fact: If this asteroid was a member of a frequent flyer club, it would amass 215,909 frequent flier miles per day.
A study involving the University of Southampton has discovered that about 290 million years ago, Earth saw a three-fold increase in the number of asteroids crashing into it.
Unlike previous studies that focused on craters on Earth which often has all but disappeared 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.