Earth Gets Its Third Near-Miss Through Asteroid BH30
The relatively small asteroid BH30 narrowly missed the Earth as it was expected to hit the surface on Monday. This follows a house-size asteroid which was predicted to hit Earth six days prior the BH30 which also appeared to be a near-miss. Yet again, there was a killer whale-sized asteroid that was supposed to enter the planet's atmosphere prior these two smaller celestial rocks, but fortunately only passed through.
Three asteroids were seen lurking near the Earth's vicinity which scientists believe to hit the surface. Fortunately, although they were only detected shortly before they passed at their closest distance to Earth, all three have been near-misses. The Asteroid BH30 which was reportedly as big as a car zipped past the planet only 32,200 miles distant at its closest approach. This is closer to Earth than the Moon which has only been 225,000 miles closest to the planet. Asteroid BH30 was estimated by astronomers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to be 19 feet across.
According to the Daily Star, a larger asteroid dubbed AG13 was supposed to hit the Earth on Jan. 9 which was 119,500 miles away. Scientists say that the asteroid was approximately 50-110 feet across. This makes it as large as the as the Chelyabinsk meteor that exploded in the midair of Russia in 2013. The explosion reportedly caused over $30 million of damages.
Meanwhile another asteroid was discovered dubbed 2017BX which is reportedly 10-40 feet across. It has however blew at a distance 16,252 miles from the Earth. The next close pass is the 2012 TC4 which is reportedly 33-100 feet across. This asteroid is expected to come at the closest point from Earth at 13,200 miles. Scientists believe it will pass or hit the planet sometime in October.
According to the IB Times, although these space rocks came with sizes that cannot bring danger to Earth, the alarming part of these incidents was that they were detected only a few days before they pass the planet. Scientists believe that earlier detection can save the nations from destructions of a possible landing. As per report, for an asteroid to cause devastation, the body should be at least over half a mile in diameter. However, experts say that there are 1 million smaller asteroids that might have the capability to wipe out a city, and these are all yet to be identified.
It can be recalled that the 1908 Tunguska meteor wiped out 770-square miles of the Siberian forest. Luckily, the incident did not cause fatalities. The alleged 1490 Ch'ing-yang event is said to be the deadliest meteor crash so far, where at least 10,000 people in Ming China were reportedly killed.
Before 2016 ended, NASA senior scientist Joseph Nuth said that if a large meteor collides with Earth, humanity cannot do anything about it. However, former president Barack Obama then commissioned the White House to improve international preparedness in such disastrous events. Moves are also being sculptured to block possible hits of space rocks detected only a few hours before flyby like the case with the asteroid BH30.
NASA’s Mars Rover Is As Cool As The Batmobile SUV
NASA unveiled a concept for a Mars Rover and it looks a lot like the Batmobile.
Google Co-Founder Sergey Brin Wants To Fly, Secret Airship In The Works
Google co-founder Sergey Brin has been secretly working on an airship inside one of NASA’s Ames hangar, with a former Air Force engineer at the helm. Could this be a pure passion endeavor or is it another Project Calcifer?
HP's Zbook Review: A Laptop That's Lightyears Away From Apple's Ancient Mac Pro
HP's latest workstation flagship is a beast. It easily outshines Apple's Mac Pro on many features.
Astrobees Robots Bound For ISS To Provide Assistance To Astronauts
Astronauts working at the ISS are going to get assistance from friendly cube robots that could fly around the station. The working bots are scheduled to be launched later this year.
Aliens Send Mysterious Signals To Earth, Harvard Claims
Scientists claim that mysterious radio signals are actually alien messages to humans. Harvard scientists are currently exploring the possibilities of receiving messages emanating from alien technology.
NASA Finally Releases Its Raw Data From Our Sister Solar System And Here’s What You Have To Know
Considering that NASA have recently uncovered one of their major discoveries to have ever been made so far, what are the other details that we have to know about our so-called ‘sister solar system’? How habitable are these seven newly discovered planets? Here’s what authorities have to say
MORE IN ITECHPOST
Is Your Website a Legal Liability or is it ADA Compliant?
Take a minute to think about how many times a day you use the internet. Do you read email while drinking your morning coffee? Use Google Maps to check traffic on your commute? Maybe you're in the majority of people who use the internet to get the news, watch television, shop and pay bills.
Embracing Bioinformatics in Gene Banks
The preservation of plant biodiversity is the task of the roughly 1,750 gene banks that are distributed around the world. So far, they store plant samples, and sometimes additional phenotypic or genetic information, of around 7,4 million accessions of plant species in total. It is expected that with the facilitated access to improved, quicker and cheaper sequencing and other omics technologies, the number of well-characterized accessions and the amount of detailed information that needs to be stored along with the biological material will be growing rapidly and continuously.
Top 5 Video Games to Play for a Truly Unique First Date
Video games have a way of taking us outside of ourselves and live in a fantasy world. It's even better when you're playing a game with someone special!