The second of two asteroids to pass by Earth this week will arrive Friday and come within 39,000 miles of us, according to NASA astronomers.
Did you feel the breeze from the first asteroid this week? Just kidding. You couldn’t feel it. However, that celestial object whizzed by at a distance of about 114,000 miles on Tuesday.
The two small asteroids were recently discovered by astronomers at the NASA-funded Catalina Sky Survey near Tucson, Arizona.
The second asteroid is of potentially greater interest, NASA said. Asteroid 2018 CB will pass closely on Friday, February 9, 2018. at around 2:30 p.m. (PST) at a distance of about 39,000 miles - which is less than one-fifth the distance of Earth to the moon. 2018 CB is estimated to be between 50 and 130 feet in size.
“Although 2018 CB is quite small, it might well be larger than the asteroid that entered the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk, Russia, almost exactly five years ago, in 2013,” said Paul Chodas, manager of the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. “Asteroids of this size do not often approach this close to our planet - maybe only once or twice a year.”