The 427-foot-wide asteroid landed in a radius of 45,000 miles last week.
Too close for the comfort.
With all the high-tech resources available to NASA, you'd think they'd noticed a 427-foot asteroid. A foot wide asteroid flying to the ground, but sometimes things slip past their clock. On Friday, the massive asteroid, now called OK in 2019, reached a distance of 45,000 miles to Earth as it passed.
That may seem like an astronomical number, but that's only 20% of the distance between the Earth and the Moon – universal terms that qualify as a pretty close miss.
A "City Killer" Asteroid
2019 OK is classified as a "city killer" steroid that can hit Earth with the power of multiple atomic bombs and destroy entire cities. While NASA and other agencies have the technology to track objects like these, there is not enough resources to observe each object. NASA can track less than a third of the large asteroids.
How did you miss that?
Research teams in Brazil and the US did not notice until about a week before it happened in 2019, long after the required time had elapsed to distract or destroy it when Earth was on its way.
Australian astronomer Alan Duffy encouraged world governments to take threats such as these seriously and increase the astronomer's funding to avoid a catastrophic event.
"We do not We have to go down the path of the dinosaurs We actually have the technology to find and distract these smaller asteroids if we commit to it now."
Of course, Twitter has jokes
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