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An asteroid is due to whizz past the earth tonight

10 February 2018, 06:01 | Shelley Chandler

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Newly-discovered asteroid just days away from Earth

The newly discovered space rock passed within 64,000km of Earth yesterday afternoon.

Just five years ago a slightly smaller asteroid entered Earth's atmosphere in Chelyabinsk, Russia with the force of a nuclear explosion shattering thousands of windows in buildings and injuring 1,500 people.in the area.

While Friday's close approach isn't a huge deal, Chodas said in an email, "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". Its close approach to Earth came Tuesday (Feb. 6) at 12:10 p.m. PST (3:10 p.m. EST) at a distance of about 114,000 miles (184,000 kilometers).

NASA expects the asteroid to zoom past the United Kingdom at about 10.30pm GMT, travelling at five miles per second.

The space agency's Asteroid Watch Twitter account said: "The best pass of Super Bowl Sunday is at 4.31pm ET when asteroid 2002 AJ129 harmlessly passes Earth by over 2.6 million miles (4.2 million km), or over 10 lunar distances".




It is expected to come within 39,000 miles of Earth at its closest approach. That is about one-fifth of the distance between the Earth and the Moon, JPL reports.

Another small asteroid passed within lunar distance this week.

2018 CB isn't a mass-extinction type of asteroid, though it's an interesting one for astronomers.

On Feb. 15, 2013, an asteroid roughly 17 metres in size lit up the sky over Chelyabinsk breaking up, with a large piece landing in a lake.



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