The size of the football field Asteroid skimmed past Earth

How a Football Field Size Asteroid Caught Us by Surprise

An artist's concept of a"generic asteroid flyby. Credit Shutterstock

EarthSky reported the asteroid, labelled 2018 GE3, came within about 192,300 kilometres of Earth at its closest point at 6.41pm on Sunday.

According to NASA, it posted on its website that it is nothing as compared to asteroids which are present in between the Mars and Jupiter, whose length can spread across 580 miles. Those asteroids, however, pose no threat to Earth. The asteroid was discovered just one day before it flies close to the earth surface and this is what scientists are calling as " surprise" flyby. The survey's task is to discover and track near-Earth objects. Some hours later, Spaceweather.com reported that an amateur astronomer Michael Jager of Weibenkirchen Austria has posted the video of the asteroid that was recorded when asteroid fly past through the southern constellation Serpens.

"It might make you feel better (or worse) to know that asteroids enter Earth's atmosphere unnoticed on a fairly regular basis".

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For comparison, the Chelyabinsk meteorite that hit Russian Federation in February 2013 was about three to six times smaller in diameter, yet its explosion in the atmosphere damaged over 7,000 buildings and injured some 1,500 people due to shattered glass.

With an estimated diameter of 157 to 361 feet (48 to 110 meters), the asteroid's impact with the Earth could have caused substantial damage.

"It doesn't take a very large object".

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Asteroid 2018 GE3, an Apollo type asteroid, was flying through space at 66,174 miles per hour (106,497 km/h).

That's significantly smaller than the 2018 GE3 asteroid.

CNET said 2018 GE3 was among the largest space rocks to come so close to Earth. That's closer than the moon, which orbits Earth at an average distance of 238,900 miles.

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