Astute skimmed asteroid past Earth only hours after detection

Astronomers detected an asteroid a few hours before approaching Earth at half the distance to the moon last weekend.

Discovered for the first time on Saturday from the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona, 2018 GE3 grazed our planet around 2:41 a. Sunday, April 15 The space rock quickly passed to Earth at about 66,000 miles per hour.

The medium-sized asteroid measured between 155 feet and 330 feet wide. Potentially larger than the Statue of Liberty in New York, the asteroid was up to five times the size of the Chelyabinsk meteor that hit the skies over Russia in 2013.

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