Small Asteroid Whizzed by Earth at Range Closer Than Moon on Saturday

Small Asteroid Whizzed By Earth at Range Closer Than Moon on Saturday

A small asteroid that was around the size of a school bus whizzed by Earth at a range which was closer than the moon early Saturday morning May 3. However scientists stated it never posed any sort of threat toward the Earth.

The recently discovered asteroid known as 2014 HL129 approached within 186,000 miles of the planet as it was making its nearest approach on Saturday morning. That was near enough to pass between the Earth and the moon’s orbit. The normal distance between the Earth and moon is about 238,850 miles. The asteroid was around 25 feet wide, explained a spokesperson at NASA’s asteroid watching project which is located at one of the agency’s space labs in California. Its nearest approach to the planet was at 4:13 a.m. EDT.

The close call by the asteroid happened only a few days after announcement of its discovery by astronomers on Wednesday, April 28, who were working with a survey team. They sent out a news alert along with the Minor Planet Center, which is a part of the International Astronomical Union that registers all discoveries of new asteroids. The survey team constantly watches the night sky with telescopes that are located at an observatory which is  on top of a mountain range in Arizona.

Researchers are also located all over the world and are constantly observing the skies, watching for any possibly hazardous asteroids which might pose a risk of hitting the Earth. Since the latest one was closer than the moon and discovered a few days ago, it can definitely make one wonder just how many are out there close by just lurking in the deep dark space night.

People wonder about what would happen if an asteroid were to hit the Earth. Most individuals think that one striking the planet is only the stuff of science fiction but that is far from the truth. An asteroid smashing in the world is complete science fact. It is basically only a matter of time before it happens.

If an asteroid about the size of a small house were to hit the Earth at 30,000 mph, that would create approximately an amount of energy that was about equal to the bomb which was dropped on Hiroshima, about 20 kilotons. An asteroid such as this would crush reinforced concrete buildings up to about a half mile from ground zero, and level any structures that were about a mile or so from ground zero. It would, do widespread damage to any city. If an asteroid were to hit the Earth, that would end up being a very bad day for the planet no matter what size it happened to be.

The small asteroid whizzed by Earth at a range which was closer than the moon early Saturday morning May 3. Yet astronomers stated it never posed any sort of threat toward the Earth.

The recently discovered asteroid which was named 2014 HL129 came about 186,000 miles of the planet as it was making its nearest approach on Saturday morning. That was near enough to pass between the Earth and the moon’s orbit. The normal distance between the Earth and moon is about 238,850 miles. It was definitely a close call.

By Kimberly Ruble

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