A gigantic asteroid was speeding towards Earth, according to NASA. This dangerous asteroid has just passed by our Earth, just missing it.
Earth just got lucky! By a very small margin though. After 2016 CZ31, which flew past Earth on July 29, Earth escaped another asteroid strike today. At 600 feet, an even larger asteroid was hurtling towards Earth very today, July 30, but it has now passed our planet. If this dangerous asteroid had hit the Earth, it could have been a major disaster for us. But, it’s too early to celebrate as another large asteroid is heading our way on August 4, according to NASA. Read on to learn more and find out if the next asteroid may hit us.
On July 25, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of NASA, announced on its website that a 600-foot or 183-meter-wide asteroid, named 2013 CU83, would approach Earth. The 2013 in its name represents the year it was first discovered. According to its trajectory prediction, the asteroid made a safe passage through the planet at a distance of 6.8 million kilometers. The distance may seem very large to some, but in astronomical terms and considering the excessively high speed of these space rocks, this distance could have been covered in a short time.
Skyscraper-sized asteroid narrowly misses Earth
Due to its size and proximity to Earth, this asteroid has been classified as a potentially hazardous asteroid. This means that this asteroid has a real (albeit very low) chance of hitting Earth in the future. If this asteroid had hit the planet, a major catastrophe could have been caused. In addition to impact destruction, which would have flattened hundreds of kilometers of area, it would also have caused shock waves across the planet, massive earthquakes and tsunamis.
But the threat is not yet averted. According to NASA, on August 4, a 710-foot-wide asteroid named 2022 OE2 will approach Earth. This is the first time this asteroid has been observed approaching Earth, so there is a lot of unpredictability and a lack of data on this asteroid.