Earth almost had a devastating collision with an asteroid traveling at practically 15 miles a second at the moment.
Asteroid 2019 OK, estimated to be between 187 feet and 427 feet in diameter, got here inside 43,500 miles of striking the Earth — nearer than the moon.
The asteroid was flying towards us from the direction of the sun, making it arduous to identify. It was only first seen just a few days in the past and was only confirmed to be an asteroid in the past day.
“It is impressively close. I do not think it is fairly sunk in yet. It is a fairly large deal,” Associate Professor Michael Brown of Monash University’s school of physics and astronomy told the Sydney Morning Herald.
Had the asteroid hit, the impact would have been similar to the explosion of a nuclear weapon.
“It might have hit with over 30 times the power of the atomic blast at Hiroshima,” Swinburne University astronomer Alan Duffy informed the paper, calling it a “city-killer asteroid.”
Brown stated that today’s incident was one of many closest known approaches to Earth by an asteroid. The asteroid was so close that if somebody had been trying at the right spot within the sky, they might be able to see it using only binoculars.
Although the asteroid might have been devastating if it hit the Earth, it does not examine to the asteroid that worn out the dinosaurs, which was almost 10 miles across. Earth itself is simply over 7,900 miles in diameter.