Small Asteroid To Pass By Earth Friday

Cesar Mills
February 10, 2018

Paul Chodas of NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies, told The Guardian that asteroids of this size don't often come close to our planet.

That asteroid, also discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey, was estimated to be between 15m and 30m (50-100ft) in size.

This will be the second asteroid near earth this week. It may well be larger compared to the asteroid which entered Earth's atmosphere over Chelyabinsk in Russian Federation that almost slammed into the ground in 2013.

While 2018 CB is too small for amateur telescopes, it can be viewed live online with the Virtual Telescope Project.

At its closest approach, the asteroid will be nearly 39,000 miles (64,000 kilometers) from Earth.

He said, 'it is a reminder that asteroids can pass very close to our planet and it's important that we find these objects when they do get close'.

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Another asteroid was spotted by the CSS on the same day which jazzed by Earth on Tuesday, February 6. It had last passed by Earth on October 31, 2015, and it was at a distance of 480,000 kilometers from Earth.

Dubbed 2018-CB, the asteroid was scheduled to make its closest encounter with Earth at around 5:30 p.m. EST (2230 GMT), at a range that is less than one-fifth of the approximate 240,000-mile (386,000-km) distance to the moon, Chodas said in a statement.

In the meantime, astronomers are looking out for asteroids in the far cosmic reaches.

The Planetary Defense Coordination Office of NASA is regularly working on searching and tracking asteroids that could potentially pose danger for our planet.

Recently NASA announced that two small potentially hazardous asteroids would zoom past earth in close flyby within a week.

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