Asteroid detected just 13 days ago passing Earth
Recently detected on May 02, asteroid ‘(2019 JN2)’ is making a near-Earth pass today, missing by 1,681,498 miles.
The first time this asteroid (with the catchy name ‘(2019 JN2)’) was observed was on May 02, 2019. Since 1900 it has passed Earth 80 times and we can expect it to return sixty-six more times within the next 100 years.
(2019 JN2) measures 65 foot to 145 foot in diameter and will pass by Earth at a distance of 1,681,498 miles.
Fun Fact: If this asteroid was a member of a frequent flyer club, it would amass 363,634 frequent flier miles per day.
Tracking asteroids and comets was a lot harder until 2016 when NASA opened the Planetary Defense Coordination OFfice (PDCO), which formalized the process of detecting near-Earth Objects (NEOs).
When small pieces of debris or chuncks of asteroids or comets enters the earth atmosphere, they become meteors which in turns sometimes become fireballs. A more romantic name for meteors is of course shooting stars. The pieces that do not burn up upon entry can be very valuable to collectors if they can be found after they hit the ground.
Just this year NASA discovered a giant 22-mile wide crater buried under the Greenland Ice Cap. The crater, if confirmed, could turn out to be one of the largest known impacts an asteroid has had with Earth.