Asteroid Update: Here Comes Another Close Call From Space Rock
Less than a week after it was first discovered, scientists at NASA say a newly discovered asteroid will make an uncomfortably close pass to the Earth. The asteroid which has been dubbed 2018 CB by NASA is said to be about twice the size of the one that entered the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk in Russia. That incident resulted in thousands of buildings damaged and at least 1000 people injured.
NASA says that 2018 CB should pass harmlessly by us on Friday, just five days after it was first discovered. The recently discovered space rock, will come within a distance of about 39,000 miles, that’s less than one-fifth the distance of Earth to the Moon. That will make its pass the second closest fly-by of such a large asteroid in the last two years according to NASA.
The asteroid is estimated to be between 50 and 130ft in diameter, making it about twice the size of the 55 feet Chelyabinsk asteroid. NASA spokesperson, Paul Chodas said: “Although 2018 CB is quite small, it might well be larger than the asteroid that entered the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk, Russia, almost exactly five years ago, in 2013. Asteroids of this size do not often approach this close to our planet – maybe only once or twice a year.”
The space rock will pass by around 5.30pm EST Friday according to official sources. The huge space rock was discovered along with another smaller asteroid by the NASA-funded Catalina Sky Survey (CSS) near Tucson, Arizona, Sunday.
For additional details you can go to: go.nasa.gov/2En3dpN. Anything that comes closer than 4,650,000 miles of Earth is classified by NASA as a “near-Earth object.” According to NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies 13 other close approaches are set to take place this month, followed by five in March, but none are believed to come as close to Earth as this one.
Among the near-Earth objects to pass our planet next month will be 2017 VR12. It will approach the planet within 3.8 lunar distances on March 7 – its closest encounter yet. An asteroid bigger than the Burj Khalifa in Dubai – the tallest building on Earth, safely whizzed past Earth Sunday at a distance of 2.6 million miles.