An Asteroid Buzzed Earth Today, the Fourth Near-Miss of the Year

An Asteroid Buzzed Earth Today, the Fourth Near-Miss of the Year

An Asteroid Buzzed Earth Today, the Fourth Near-Miss of the Year

However, every now and again, one manages to escape their powerful telescopes and keen eyes.

The near-Earth asteroid, called 2017 BS32, was first spotted on January 30, and it follows on the heels of three other notable small asteroid flybys, the first of which passed Earth on January 9.

Space scientists have spotted an asteroid that is due to pass Earth this evening.

Astronomers estimate that the asteroid will come within about 101,214 miles (162,888 kilometers) of Earth during its closest approach at 3:23 p.m. EDT (7:23 GMT) on February 2, according to a statement from the Slooh observatory.

The Asteroid, which has been given the catchy name Asteroid 2017 BS32, will zoom only 161,280km from our planet.

The astroid, which was only just discovered on January 30th, will be closer to the Earth than the Moon is when it makes its closest approach at approximately 3:23 PM EDT today. According to "Impact Earth", an asteroid impact simulator at Purdue University, if the estimated 111-foot long space rock had hit Earth's atmosphere, it would have exploded and released nearly 700 kilotons worth of energy. NASA researchers believe the asteroid, which was roughly the same size as the one that landed in Chelyabinsk, Russia in 2013, would have shattered some windows and caused minor damage to a few buildings. It wasn't quite as close as the one in September that missed us by just 24,000 miles, almost as close as some geosynchronous satellites, or Sunday's visitor, which passed within 32,200 miles.

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