Huge asteroid passing Earth
The huge asteroid ‘12538 (1998 OH)’ measuring an impressive feet in diameter is passing by Earth today.
The first time asteroid ‘12538 (1998 OH)’ was observed was on Oct 10, 1991. Since 1908 it has passed Earth 24 times and within the next 100 years it will return 34 more times, getting as close as 2,715,106 miles to Earth in 2042.
12538 (1998 OH) is 6,033 foot to 13,490 foot in diameter and will pass by Earth at a distance of 17,366,750 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 1,002,120 frequent flier miles per day.
A new study involving the University of Southampton has uncovered that about 290 million years ago, Earth experienced a three-fold increase in the number of asteroids crashing into it.
Unlike previous studies that 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.