An asteroid called Asteroid 2017 BS32 was spotted zipping past Earth going at 26, 000 mph and came within 93, 000 miles of our planet. Too close for comfort in some circles considering the moon is 238,900 miles away.
This remnant of our solar system’s formation was first spotted by the Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System and was ‘earth’s third near miss in just nine days.’ [via Sputnik]
Slooh Community Observatory was also in on the event; they put together a live webcast so space junkies could witness the space rock careening past our planet.
Astronomers featured on the webcast voiced their concern about the frequency of these occurrences. “It raises a few eyebrows when we see a number of close approaching NEAs over such a short period of time, we’ll investigate how this could be,” said Slooh astronomer Paul Cox to Space.com.
The last time an asteroid entered our atmosphere was in 1908 when a space rock some 50 metres wide exploded over Tunguska, Siberia – blowing down trees across 2,000 square kilometres and killing a thousand reindeer.
Witnesses described seeing a bluish light, brighter than the sun and heard what they thought was artillery fire. Soon a shockwave knocked people off their feet and shattered windows hundreds of kilometres away from the explosion.
Quite the blast. We better keep an eye on the sky.
Loaded staff writer Danielle De La Bastide has lived all over the planet and written for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog as well as print publications throughout the Caribbean.