Pickup truck-sized ASTEROID came less than 250 miles from hitting Earth, Nasa reveals
AN ASTEROID the size of a pick-up truck has just skirted within 240 miles of Earth, NASA has revealed.
Last week’s very close encounter set a record for the nearest known space rock to fly past the planet without actually hitting.
A space rock the size of pick-up truck skirted within 240 miles of Earth[/caption]
It was first spotted and tracked by the Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) which is run by both NASA and the University of Hawaii.
The asteroid was deemed a Near-Earth Object (NEO) because of its close proximity to our planet.
However, given its relatively small size – around 16ft to 30ft – it was not deemed a real threat.
And experts believe it would have probably broken up in the Earth’s atmosphere if it got too close to our surface.
Any fast moving space object that comes within around four million miles is considered to be “potentially hazardous” by cautious space organisations.
According to a startling report two years ago by Planetary.org, there are more than 18,000 NEOs.
In September, NASA told how two huge asteroids had just skimmed past the Earth.
One was twice the size of Buckingham Palace and the other was travelling at 14,000mph.
And in August, NASA tracked a huge asteroid nearly twice the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza which was hurtling towards Earth at 31,400mph.
Last July, we reported how Earth also had a near miss with a “city killer” asteroid as it hurtled through space at 15 miles a second.
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In 2018, NASA unveiled as 20-page plan which outlined the steps needed to prepare for future NEOs.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has also declared that an asteroid strike is probably Earth’s biggest threat.