Football Field-Sized Asteroid Flew By Earth. Scientists Nearly Missed It.

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New Delhi:  It seemed like just another weekend. People across the world went about their plans as intended. Little did people, including scientists at NASA know that a massive asteroid, the size of a football field, came really close to Earth.

Only a handful of scientists at NASA detected the asteroid as little as 21 hours before it crossed Earth by a narrow margin. The asteroid – named 2018 GE3, came closest to Earth at around 12:11 pm IST (2:41 am EDT) on Sunday, as reported by space.com.

The giant asteroid, estimated to be between 47 and 100 metres in width, was flew by Earth at a speed of 106,000 kilometres per hour. Reports suggest that the the asteroid was as close to planet Earth as half the average distance between the Earth and the Moon.

The 2018 GE3 is roughly 3.6 times the size of the one that impacted Earth in Russia’s Tunguska region in 1908. That impact had cleared out a 2,000 square kilometre forest. “Should the 2018 GE3 have impacted Earth,…

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