Friday NASA First Found Asteroid (2019 HT3), Today It Zooms By Earth

Asteroid detected just 19 days ago passing Earth

Recently detected on April 26, asteroid ‘(2019 HT3)’ is making a near-Earth pass today, missing by 21,692,828 miles.

The first time asteroid ‘(2019 HT3)’ was observed was on Apr 26, 2019. Since 2019 it has passed Earth 2 times.

(2019 HT3) is 370 foot to 828 foot in diameter and will pass by Earth at a distance of 21,692,828 miles.

Fun Fact: If this asteroid was a member of a frequent flyer club, it would amass 904,798 frequent flier miles per day.

A recent study involving the University of Southampton has uncovered that just about 290 million years ago, Earth saw a three-fold increase in the number of asteroids smashing into it.

Unlike previous studies that has focused on impact craters on Earth which are often gone 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.

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