Enormous School Bus-Sized Asteroid Narrowly Misses Earth: How Often DoesThis Happen?

Filed in Gather Technology News Channel by on June 25, 2011 0 Comments

Imagine an enormous school bus zooming towards you through the air at top speed. Now imagine that the school bus is an asteroid. The outcome would not be pretty either way. NASA has identified a school bus-sized asteroid headed towards the Earth. Brings to mind images of the movie Armageddon with Bruce Willis, doesn’t it?

Thankfully, there is good news. Even though an asteroid of this size passes by the Earth about every six years, according to NASA, they have assured the world that this one will not be making a direct hit. Erase the Armageddon images from your mind.

This particularly enormous asteroid will miss the Earth by a mere 7,500 miles (12,000 kilometers) on Monday morning, and it will come so close to our planet that the Earth’s gravity will alter the huge asteroid’s trajectory.

Although a little unnerving for most, this isn’t the closest an asteroid has ever come to the Earth without hitting it. The record is held by the small four-foot asteroid 2011 CQ1, which came within 3,400 miles (5,471 kilometers) of Earth on February 4 of this year.

Asteroid 2011 MD, the bus-sized asteroid, is coming a little too close to home for most people. And even though NASA has confirmed that there is no way this rock can hit Earth, will the world be a little concerned Monday morning around 9 am? Do we even want to know how many times bus-sized asteroids or even larger asteroids come this close to our planet?

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