Big asteroid passing Earth
The fairly big asteroid ‘381906 (2010 CL19)’ is zipping by Earth today at a distance of miles.
This asteroid (with the catchy name ‘381906 (2010 CL19)’) was first observed on Feb 13, 2010. Since 1904 it has passed Earth 70 times and within the next 100 years it will return 110 more times, getting as close as 1,289,985 miles to Earth in 2153.
381906 (2010 CL19) measures 2,402 foot to 5,371 foot in diameter and is passing by Earth at a distance of 26,316,903 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 720,711 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, each millennia leaving behind impact craters. On Earth, these craters have been covered up or destroyed due to erosion, weather, and tectonic plate 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 continuing to increase.
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.