Asteroid detected earlier this year now passing Earth
First observed in April of this year, asteroid ‘(2019 HG3)’ is passing just 25,404,096 miles from our blue planet.
The first time this asteroid (with the catchy name ‘(2019 HG3)’) was observed was on Apr 07, 2019. Since 2019 it has passed Earth 2 times.
(2019 HG3) measures 215 foot to 480 foot in diameter and is passing by Earth at a distance of 25,404,096 miles.
Fun Fact: If this asteroid was a member of a frequent flyer club, it would amass 186,675 frequent flier miles per day.
The solar system has been a violent place ever since the Sun formed 4.6 billion years ago. Our little neck of the woods in space was once littered with meteors, comets and debris all crashing into each others and our planets, all the while leaving behind impact craters. On Earth, these craters have been covered up or destroyed due to erosion, weather, or tectonic plates movements.
NASA Researchers have now used data from a Moon probe, and found that 290 million years ago, the rate of impacts increased dramatically, and it’s still ongoing.
Just one major impact with Earth could cause extinctions like the one that ended the dinosaurs 66 million years ago and created the Chicxulub crater in Mexico. That asteroid is estimated to have measured a full over eleven kilometers across, and causing the end of the Creataceous-Palogene era in a mass extinction event kiiling 75% of animal species.