162 Foot Diameter Asteroid Passing Near Earth
The first time asteroid ‘(2018 XM2)’ was spotted was on Dec 10, 2018. Since 2005 it has passed Earth 10 times and within the next 100 years it will return 8 more times, getting as close as 11,680,452 miles to Earth in 2025.
(2018 XM2) is 73 foot to 162 foot in diameter and is passing by Earth at a distance of 28,996,334 miles.
Fun Fact: If this asteroid was a member of a frequent flyer club, it would amass 637,266 frequent flier miles per day.
A recent study involving the University of Southampton has discovered that about 290 million years ago, Earth experienced a sharp increase in the number of asteroids crashing into it.
Unlike previous studies that has focused on 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.