Another Asteroid Buzzed By Earth
For the second day in a row, an asteroid buzzed past Earth.
NASA in an announcement said an asteroid measuring nearly 25 feet across was to pass Earth yesterday at 4.21 p.m. ET. The asteroid being called 2014 EC approached the Earth at a distance six times closer than the moon.
Day before yesterday (March 5), another asteroid called 2014 DX110 whizzed by Earth closer than the distance between Earth and the moon.
"This is not an unusual event," said Paul Chodas, a senior scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in a statement according to Computer World. "Objects of this size pass this close to the Earth several times every year."
As announced, the asteroid was not visible to the unaided eye.
According to reports, the Virtual Telescope Project has been trying to track the asteroid but unfortunately due to bad weather conditions and cloud covers it could not. In the mean time if conditions are improved, the group said it will post images and related videos to its site.
NASA said it was Catalina Sky survey based near Tucson, Ariz., who spotted the asteroid on Wednesday. The closed distances measured from the earth has been expected to be at least 38,300 miles above the Earth's surface.
Asteroids are becoming an interesting subject and experts believed this could lead to more clues towards birth of the universe.
In an announced plan, NASA said it is expecting to study the near-Earth asteroids by 2025.