Large 525 ft to 1,175 ft diameter asteroid passing Earth
Today the large asteroid ‘350523 (2000 EA14)’ is zipping past Earth, thankfully missing by 31,036,786 miles.
The first time this asteroid (with the catchy name ‘350523 (2000 EA14)’) was detected was on Mar 03, 2000. Since 1901 it has passed Earth 82 times and we can expect it to return one hundred and eighteen more times within the next 100 years.
350523 (2000 EA14) measures 525 foot to 1,175 foot in diameter and will pass by Earth at a distance of 31,036,786 miles.
NASA has marked this asteroid as potentially hazardous, which means is has a significant size and will pass periously close to Earth in the future. Most asteroids will eventually be cleared as more data is gathered about their orbits.
Fun Fact: If this asteroid was a member of a frequent flyer club, it would amass 357,273 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 has 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.