100-Foot Asteroid 2013 TX68 Misses Earth

Posted: Mar 9 2016, 4:50am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

100-Foot Asteroid 2013 TX68 Misses Earth
This graphic depicts the orbit of asteroid 2013 TX68. The asteroid will fly by Earth on March 8. The asteroid poses no threat to Earth during this flyby or in the foreseeable future. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
  • Asteroid nearly Grazes Earth and Humankind heaves a Sigh of Relief

An asteroid nearly grazed the earth and humankind heaved a sigh of relief.

It looks like planet earth had a close call and survived unscathed. Doomsday may be around the corner since many comets and asteroids are lurking in space like the one which flew past the earth awhile ago. It was a whopper that could have done a whole lot of damage had it hit the planet.

Thank God, it didn’t though. On Monday, this asteroid came within a distance of 2,542,960 miles of the earth. While this is safe enough, it could have been less of a distance thereby increasing the chances of a collision.

There have been instances when big rocks have ventured terribly close to the earth’s surface thereby triggering fears of doomsday. This one was known as 2013 TX68.

Its diameter was 100 feet which is a lot by any standard. NASA seemed to have spoken on the matter and assured everyone that there was no need to worry about any impact of any kind.

However, astronomers admitted that there is actually no evidence that the NEO (Near Earth Object) would follow a fixed trajectory. It may veer from its path any moment leading to a collision with the earth.

This one passed 9 million miles away from the earth. However, despite the distance, one never knows when it could come dangerously close to our home planet. It was termed the B2Bomber by CNet.

This in no way helped the fear mongers and their followers who were a bundle of nerves as far as the outcome of this asteroid passing so near the earth was concerned.

However, there was actually no need to batten the hatches since the asteroid safely passed the earth on Monday. Now it is all over and the river of life is flowing on earth as per its usual circumstances.

It was last month that NASA gave the reassurance that this asteroid posed no threat to humanity whatsoever. At its closest, it came to within 3 million miles of the earth.

Nevertheless despite the margin, that distance is close enough to raise a few hackles. Less than 1% of such asteroids have been detected so far.

However, they do exist and some of them may be headed for our planet in the distant future. An asteroid exploded over the skies in Russia in 2013. That was the most recent such close encounter humanity has had with a near earth object.

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