Earlier today, our planet has been exposed to an asteroid pruning recently revealed as the closest approach to the Earth. Known as asteroid 201 201, the space rock came within 2.1 million miles from Earth, or nearly nine times the distance between our planet and the moon.
By asteroid trackers at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, asteroid 2019 ES Earth Buzz early in the morning, shooting past our planet at EST 2:44 am
When he was at approaching closely, hit 15,680 mph at neck speeds of the space rock. This means, during its surfaces on Earth, that the asteroid was cruising through space at more than 20 times the speed of sound.
Asteroid 2019 ES was discovered just two weeks ago. The space rock was first spotted by astronomers on 4 March and was closely monitored by an asteroid tracker for a period of five days. JPL specialists announced that the so-called 2019 ES asteroid would be “approaching the approach” on 16 March
Monday to Earth Lunch (2019 ES), Today Skims By Earth https http://t.co/N0H1zy83Z0 pic.twitter.com/KQx5BodLFB
– News Tribune US (@USTribuneNews) March 16, 2019
The asteroid and large varies it is estimated that it measured only 78.7 feet and 173.8 feet in diameter. Due to its size range, asteroid 2019, ES compares the 390 feet long space rock to be met for a close visit Monday, as previously reported by The Inquisitr . because it was quite nice, the space rock was big enough to investigate by JPL.
“At the higher of the size estimate, the asteroid is about 6.3 times as long as a London double-decker bus,” which gives British outlet The Express .
“Even if the asteroid proves to be smaller, it is still more than 12 Twin-Size beds in a row.”
JPL data showed that asteroid 2019 ES was only made within 0.0231 astronomical units (AU) of the Earth. Since no AU stands for the average distance between the Earth and the sun and it is equivalent to 93 million miles, the space-rock lost our planet 2.14 million miles
That's 8.99 times the distance between the Earth and the moon, also known as lunar.
In the past, the asteroid has made its way through our corner of the solar system on two other occasions. The first time half a century ago, in 1970, was unsuccessful but sliding into 8.8 million miles from Earth (0.0959 HE, 37.3 LD).
The following visit came 44 years later, in 2014. At the time, 2019 asteroid ES approached the Earth further away, joining within 43.4 million miles from our planet (0.4676 AU, 182.1 LD). This means that today's flyby is still the closest one.
The space rock is not expected to fall at any time soon. In 2028, the asteroid visit pays close to our planetary neighbor, Mars, running within 3.8 million miles from the red planet.