Surprise welcome by huge asteroids

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Asteroids are minor celestial bodies belonging especially to the inner solar system.

Last week, NASA was taken aback when a giant asteroid of a football size was found to fly past our Earth. This bulky and huge asteroid was viewed at an observatory in Arizona just 21 hours prior to the flyby.

This asteroid that travelled around 106,000 Kms per hour, and designated as 2018 GE3 made its proximate advancement towards our Earth at around 2.41 a.m. EDT on Sunday, according to a Space.com report.

This asteroid was as far away from our home planet as half the average distance between Earth and the Moon.

NASA estimates the width of it between 47 to 100 metre.

“If 2018 GE3 had hit Earth, it would have caused regional, not global, damage, and might have disintegrated in the atmosphere before reaching the ground,” SpaceWeather.com reported.

“Nevertheless, it is a significant asteroid, illustrating how even large space rocks can still take us by surprise. 2018 GE3 was found less than a day before its closest approach,” said the report.

It is both the largest known asteroid to ever pass that close to Earth, as well as the Moon, in observational history.

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