A 160 foot diameter asteroid named ‘2011 GP59’ was just discovered days ago on April 8 by astronomers in Spain. It zipped past earth today, April 15th, at a distance slightly further away than the moon at a speed of 18,000 miles per hour.
This is the type of thing that exemplifies some of the risks that we face from Space.
It was only a matter of days between discovery of the asteroid to its closest approach to earth. (Wow) Yes it missed us, by a whisker in astronomical terms, and it wasn’t the size of a planet killer, but ‘what if’…
Having a look at the list of known asteroids, it is astonishing to find that 8 new asteroids have been discovered in the past 15 days of April alone!
According to the Armagh Observatory, it is estimated that there are perhaps 100,000 to 1,000,000 undiscovered asteroids on Earth crossing orbits!
There’s not much we can do about this, other than to add more risk awareness to our way of life – from above.
Map of all known asteroids within the Inner Solar System
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