Large 479 ft to 1,072 ft diameter asteroid passing Earth
Today the large asteroid ‘234145 (2000 EW70)’ is zipping past Earth, thankfully missing us by 32,150,488 miles.
This asteroid (with the catchy name ‘234145 (2000 EW70)’) was first spotted on Mar 09, 2000. Since 1900 it has passed Earth 172 times and we can expect it to return two hundred and sixty-four more times within the next 100 years.
234145 (2000 EW70) measures 479 foot to 1,072 foot in diameter and will pass by Earth at a distance of 32,150,488 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 588,399 frequent flier miles per day.
According to a new study published in Science by the University of Southampton, the number of asteroids hitting Earth have increased by up to three times over the past 290 million years.
Unlike previous studies that focused on impact craters on Earth often worn away due to erosion and other geological processes, this study looked at craters on our 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.