An unusually massive asteroid will quickly go nearer to Earth than the moon

An enormous asteroid is passing by way of this month.


Theodore R. Kareta

An asteroid twice as massive because the bolide that exploded over Russia in 2013 will whiz by us subsequent week at a distance that is nearer to Earth than the moon. 

Despite what tabloid headlines may lead you to imagine, small asteroids zip by the Earth on a reasonably common foundation. Most of those house rocks are so little they’d dissipate even when they did collide with our ambiance, and astronomers uncover a lot of them when Earth is already of their rear-view mirror. 

Asteroid 2019 EA2 could possibly be as much as 128 toes (39 meters) huge. It’s the uncommon rock making an in depth flyby that is additionally giant sufficient that astronomers noticed it properly prematurely. The asteroid, detected earlier this month, can be transferring unusually slowly, at a charge of 5 kilometers per second (11,185 mph), which makes it simpler to see. 

On March 22, asteroid 2019 EA2 will go by us at a secure distance of 188,731 miles (303,733 kilometers), or about eight-tenths the space between right here and the moon, in keeping with NASA. 

If you have acquired a strong sufficient telescope (or maybe with some assist from a spot just like the Virtual Telescope Project), recognizing this asteroid may make for an attention-grabbing follow-up to watching the final supermoon of the yr only a few nights earlier.