Large 632 ft to 1,413 ft diameter asteroid passing Earth
Today the large asteroid ‘(2016 AD193)’ is zipping past Earth, thankfully missing us by 14,330,954 miles.
Asteroid ‘(2016 AD193)’ was first observed on Jan 13, 2016. Since 1903 it has passed Earth 76 times and we can expect it to return one hundred and twelve more times within the next 100 years.
(2016 AD193) is 632 foot to 1,413 foot in diameter and will pass by Earth at a distance of 14,330,954 miles.
Fun Fact: If this asteroid was a member of a frequent flyer club, it would amass 949,924 frequent flier miles per day.
Ever since the Sun formed 4.6 billion years ago, the solar system has been a violent place. 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, or 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.