Asteroid set to make rare close pass by Earth on Friday


"Asteroids of this size do not often approach this close to our planet - maybe only once or twice a year". While asteroid 2018 CC safely skimmed past Earth on February 6 at 12:10 p.m. PST (3:10 p.m. EST), the other asteroid 2018 CB is all set for a close flyby of Earth on February 9, Friday.

A newly discovered asteroid that is set to buzz past Earth today could be as large as the asteroid that exploded over Russian Federation five years ago. The asteroid, which is named 2018 CB, is estimated to be between 50 and 130 feet in size and was discovered by NASA-funded Catalina Sky Survey on February 4.

The Catalina Sky Survey is part of an initiative to look for potentially hazardous asteroids (PHAs) and there are several networks around the world with the same goal.

NASA says Earth isn't at significant risk of getting hit by any known asteroid for at least 100 years.

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A whopper asteroid named Apophis - estimated at approximately 1,000 feet or more than 300 meters - will pass at just one-tenth the distance between Earth and the moon in 2029.

It's between 50 and 130 feet wide, similar in size the one which exploded over Chelyabinsk five years ago.

It was the second time this week an asteroid buzzed us. The other asteroid 2018 CC, during its close flyby on February 6, was nearly 114,000 miles (184,000 kilometers) away from Earth.

Tenagra Observatories in Arizona will use its telescopes to live stream a video of asteroid 2018 CB as it approaches Earth today.