'Shock' Bus-sized Asteroid Skims Previous Earth

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The asteroid, named 2017 YZ4, got here its nearest to Earth at three:56pm GMT on Thursday, lacking us by a mere 140,000 miles (224,000km).

As compared the moon is 238,000 miles (384,000km) away.

It was travelling at roughly 21,000mph (34,000kph) – 16 instances sooner than a rifle bullet, masking the space between London and New York in roughly 10 minutes.

It’s the 52nd asteroid to skim previous the Earth by a distance lower than that of the Moon this yr.

Lindley Johnson, Planetary Protection Officer at NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington DC informed Newsweek that there are millions of comparable objects in house.

“As of December 25, there are 17,506 recognized Close to-Earth Objects (NEOs), in orbits across the Solar that might come near our planet; 17,400 are asteroids and 106 are comets.”

Asteroids and comets are differentiated primarily based on what they’re mad of. Asteroids are composed of metals and rocks, whereas comets are largely made up of ice and dirt.

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