Giant asteroid makes surprise flyby, narrowly passes by Earth

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By: IANS | Washington |
Published: April 17, 2018 7:03:59 pm


The asteroid, designated 2018 GE3, made its closest approach to Earth at around 2.41 am EDT on Sunday (12.11 pm IST), according to a Space.com report. (Representative Image; Image Source: NASA)

If you are not aware that a giant asteroid the size of a football field flew past Earth over the weekend, you are not alone as even NASA scientists got to know about the flyby only a few hours before it happened, media reported.
NASA scientists noticed the massive asteroid at an observatory in Arizona just 21 hours prior to the flyby, ScienceAlert reported on Tuesday.

The asteroid, designated 2018 GE3, made its closest approach to Earth at around 2.41 am EDT on Sunday (12.11 pm IST), according to a Space.com report. Travelling around 106,000 kilometres per hour, the asteroid was…

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