The size of the football field Asteroid skimmed past Earth

The Chelyabinsk meteorite causing sharp explosions and injurig many

Yesterday, an asteroid three to six times larger than that rock came out of nowhere and passed by the Earth at a distance of 119,500 miles, about half the distance to the moon-and scientists only had a few hours' warning before it closed in.

The giant asteroid was sighted a mere 21 hours before its closest approach to Earth, by the Catalina Sky Survey in Tucson.

Illustration of the orbit of asteroid 2018 GE3. Some hours later, Spaceweather.com reported that an amateur astronomer Michael Jager of Weibenkirchen Austria has posted the video of the asteroid that was recorded when asteroid fly past through the southern constellation Serpens.

NASA tracks asteroids that make close approaches to Earth, providing data on the distance and estimated diameter of each object. That's in contrast to the moon's quarter-million-mile (400,000 km) distance.

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That's significantly smaller than the 2018 GE3 asteroid. "It was shining like a 13th-magnitude star at the time of my observations", Jäger said.

The 2018 GE3 asteroid was discovered just one day before it skimmed past Earth in what scientists are calling a "surprise" flyby. "Should the 2018 GE3 have impacted Earth, it would have caused a significant amount of damage, however, it would have been regional, not global damage", a space and weather website reported.

The sheer size of 2018 GE3, estimated to be 3.6 times larger than the Tunguska asteroid that wreaked havoc in 1809 when it exploded over Siberia in Russian Federation, was enough to pose a genuine threat.

The asteroid is three to six times as big as one that broke up over Russian Federation in 2013, injuring over 1,200 people and damaging thousands of buildings up to 93 km away from the impact site, "Space.com" reported. Congress tasked NASA with tracking all objects bigger than 460 feet wide, which 2018 GE3 falls shy of, but NASA has only been able to identify about one-third of the estimated total so far. DART theoretically works by plunging into an asteroid and knocking it off its collision course.

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