On June 5, 2020, the scientists missed a big event of a near-earth asteroid passing between the Earth and Moon. This might very well have been a big mysterious accident if something was to happen. NASA keeps a record of all the asteroids which come near to our planet.
These unidentified space rocks fly past our planet Earth fairly regularly and scientists are usually not only aware but even predict the dates and timings about when a particular asteroid will swing by Earth. However, astronomers did not even realize it when a space rock as big a 100 meters flew past our planet recently.
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The second most likely asteroid to strike Earth is 2018 VP1. A tiny little thing, it is estimated to be just 2.4 m in diameter and has a (relatively) high chance of striking Earth in November this year of 1 in 193 #SpaceCare💙#PlanetaryDefence🌍 pic.twitter.com/fYI9Dk3mXt
— ESA Operations (@esaoperations) June 28, 2020
Asteroid flew past our planet yesterday while scientists had no idea
The space rock named as 2020 LD and measuring nearly 100 meters in diameter, the asteroid, traveling at a speed of 60,826 miles per hour, came closer to Earth than even the Moon on June 5.
According to the European Space Agency (ESA), the space rock was just 0.8 lunar distances away from Earth. So, if the moon is 384, 317 km away from Earth, the asteroid 2020 LD 307,454 km away when it flew by.
It was not only the biggest space rock to pass between Earth and the Moon this year, but the biggest to come this close to earth since 2011, and also ranked as one of the biggest ever to fly this close to Earth without being previously detected, according to website Earth Sky.
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Suryapratim Ray is an engineer, author, robotics hobbyist, and an active Quoran. Being a technical blogger, he covers the good, bad, and ugly of science on a regular basis at Sciencenews18. In addition to his passion for writing, he’s equally keen on learning classical music.