Asteroid almost hits earth!
4 months ago 107 Leah

AN ASTERIOD NEARLY HITS EARTH?!


A Brazilian SONEAR Survey picked up an asteroid which almost hit earth! Apparently, the asteroid was 330 ft (100m) in width and passed within 43,500 miles (70,000 km) of earth. The asteroid's presence was only announced HOURS before it was supposed to come into contact with the earth. 


Astronomers are well aware of the threat of asteroids hitting the earth, and the fatal damage it could cause. But they weren't prepared for something like this. Asteroids are so far from earth, they are resembled as stars rather than the ragged rock they are. Due to asteroids moving around our solar system, they look relative to stars. 


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Astronomers discovered this shocking moment by taking a sequences of images and looking for objects that move from image to image, that movement being the asteroid. Using this, it's helped them discover many more asteroids. They recorded a total of 2,000 asteroids that almost hit earth in 2017 alone.


So there you have it. We almost got hit by an asteroid and we didn't know about it. Shocking.


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Giovanni
4 months ago
How did we all almost die without knowing