Asteroid to pass within within 39000 miles of Earth

Asteroid flying by Earth will be closer than the moon

"Asteroids of this size do not often approach this close to our planet - maybe only once or twice a year", Chodas said.

NASA has revealed that an asteroid dubbed 2018 CB will flyby Earth closely on Friday, February 9.

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".

NASA expects the asteroid to zoom past the United Kingdom at about 10.30pm GMT, travelling at five miles per second. Spotted by CSS, 2018 CC zoomed past Earth at about 8:10 p.m. GMT (3:10 p.m. EST) on Tuesday Feb. 6.at a distance of about 114,000 miles (184,000 kilometers).

It's between 50 and 130 feet wide, similar in size the one which exploded over Chelyabinsk five years ago. NASA has termed this asteroid "potentially hazardous" because an asteroid is classified as "potentially hazardous" if it comes within the 4,600,000 miles distance from our Earth.




The "Super Bowl asteroid" garnered a lot of attention when it passed Earth right around the same time the big game kicked off Sunday.

Another small asteroid passed within lunar distance this week.

It was discovered by NASA-funded Catalina Sky Survey on February 4 along with a second asteroid that measured somewhere between 15 and 30 metres. In the meantime, astronomers are on the lookout for asteroids lurking in the cosmic shadows.

NASA is particularly concerned about asteroids that are over 500 feet in diameter and closer than 4.6 million miles from Earth.

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