100 Foot Asteroid Flew By Monday


NASA was uncertain of it’s path, but the threat of a 100 foot asteroid coming very close to Earth is over. It flew by Monday evening without incident. Asteroid 2013 TX68 made its closest approach to Earth around 7 p.m. ET Monday, according to Laurie Cantillo, a spokeswoman for NASA. NASA had many dates and times that this asteroid would fly by and even had it coming very close to earth where there may have been a chance that it would hit our geosynchronous satellites, and come as close as 15,000 miles from Earth. The reason for this vast range was that this particular asteroid could only be tracked for a very short amount of time and to get the proper figures they would need more time to study the rock.

The asteroid is expected to fly by Earth three more times on Sept. 28, 2017, in 2046 and in 2097. NASA originally said that Asteroid TX68 “could impact” earth during the 2017 flyby, but additional data observed in February allowed CNEOS to make the determination that this particular asteroid “cannot impact Earth over the next century”. We’ll see about that.

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