Planet Earth was buzzed by an asteroid that ventured incredibly close to the planet’s surface, scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have introduced. Cruising by the space at speeds of slightly over 19,300 mph, the minuscule area rock handed nearer than the moon, creeping in inside directly 65,100 miles of Earth. The moon is at a distance of 238,900 miles from Earth. This means throughout right this moment’s extraordinarily shut flyby of Earth, the tiny rock flew at only 0.28 instances space to the moon.
The wayfaring area rock approached Earth within the early hours of the afternoon, reaching its closest level to Earth at 1:28 p.m. ET. Several hours earlier than its extraordinarily shut encounter with Earth, the asteroid swung by the moon, passing inside 167,400 miles from its cratered surface.
The near-miss was one of many closest asteroid encounters of all the 12 months. Whereas Earth has seen relatively a formidable variety of close asteroid approaches over the previous few months, only a few rocks have wandered this near the planet’s floor. Among the many latest asteroids flybys which have despatched quick-zipping house rocks flying nearer than the moon within a final couple of months, probably the most noteworthy is a 33-foot asteroid that scraped previous Earth at 0.48 occasions the lunar distance in early September. Extra recently, a more prominent 91-foot asteroid skimmed Earth from midway space to the moon on October 31.