Large 1,260 ft to 2,819 ft diameter asteroid passing Earth
Today the large asteroid ‘418900 (2009 BE2)’ is zipping past Earth, thankfully missing us by 9,524,044 miles.
The asteroid ‘418900 (2009 BE2)’ was first observed on Jan 16, 2009. Since 1908 it has passed Earth 22 times and we can expect it to return twenty-six more times within the next 100 years.
418900 (2009 BE2) measures 1,260 foot to 2,819 foot in diameter and will pass by Earth at a distance of 9,524,044 miles.
Fun Fact: If this asteroid was a member of a frequent flyer club, it would amass 815,853 frequent flier miles per day.
Tracking asteroids and comets was a lot harder until 2016 when NASA opened the Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO), which formalized the process of detecting Near-Earth Objects (NEOs).
When small pieces of debris, chunks of asteroids or comets enter the earths atmosphere, they become meteors which in turn sometimes become fireballs. A more romantic name for meteors is shooting stars. The pieces that do not burn up upon entry can be very valuable to collectors if they can be found after they hit the ground.
Just this year NASA discovered a giant 22-mile wide crater buried under the Greenland Ice Cap. The crater, if confirmed, could turn out to be one of the largest known impacts an asteroid has had with Earth.