Earlier today, a newly discovered asteroid foam passed our planet into what was revealed as its closest approach to the earth. Known as the asteroid 2019 ES, the gemstone came within 2.1 million miles of Earth or nearly nine times the distance between our planet and the moon.
According to asteroid traces at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, asteroid 2019 ES buzzed the earth in the early hours of the morning and shot past our planet at. 14.48 EST.
At the moment it approaches, space rock hit breakthrough speeds of 15,680 mph. This means that the asteroid crosses the space through its space at more than 20 times the speed of sound during its flying city.
Asteroid 2019 ES was discovered just two weeks ago. Space rock was first seen by astronomers on March 4 and was closely monitored by asteroid trackers for a period of five days. After reviewing its course and course, JPL specialists announced that the asteroid 2019 ES would perform as the so-called "near-ground approach" on 16 March.
Monday NASA Found Asteroid (2019 ES) https://t.co/N0H1zy83Z0 pic.twitter.com/KQx5BodLFB
– US Tribune News (@USTribuneNews) March 16 2019
The asteroid is not very large one and was estimated to measure only between 78.7 feet and 173.8 feet in diameter. Due to its size, the 2019 ES asteroid varies in comparison to the 390 foot wide rock rock caused by pop at a close visit on Monday, as previously reported by The Inquisitr .
But despite being relatively modest, the rhinestones were large enough to interpret a study from the JPL.
"At the upper end of the size estimate, the asteroid is about 6.3 times as long as a double-decker bus in London" notes the British media output Express .
"Even though the asteroid turns out to be smaller, it is still larger than 12 twin-size beds in a row."
JPL data revealed that asteroid 2019 ES approached only within 0.0231 astronomical units (AU) of the Earth. Since an AU represents the average distance between earth and sun and is equivalent to 93 million miles, the spacecraft missed our planet by 2.14 million miles.
It is 8.99 times the distance between earth and the moon, also known as the moon distance (LD).
Earlier, the asteroid has made its way through our corner of the solar system on two other occasions. The first time was half a century ago, in 1970, when only managed to slip into 8.8 million miles of earth (0.0959 AU, 37.3 LD).
Its subsequent visit came 44 years later in 2014. At that time, asteroid 2019 ES approached the ground from much farther away, coming within 43.4 million miles of our planet (0.4676 AU, 182.1 LD). This means that today's airfield was the closest yet.
The space path is not expected to swing on Earth any time soon. In 2028, the asteroid will hold a close visit to our planetary neighbor, Mars, who goes within 3.8 million miles of the red planet.