Even Space Rocks cause panic on Halloween, just like your favorite horror movie.
A near-Earth asteroid currently identified as C0PPEV1
Simulations show that the asteroid over him passes southern Africa within 3,852 miles (6,200 km) at the moment of the closest approach, at 7:45 pm PT. To get an idea of how close this is, we assume that many telecommunications satellites are 22,236 miles (35,786 km) high.
Of course, some asteroids move closer and actually hit our planet, like the previously invisible Bolide, which exploded when it crashed into the atmosphere over Russia in 2013. A much smaller asteroid also collided with the atmosphere last year, burning and leaving small pieces of meteorite, of which .
Just like a Hollywood jump-start, this asteroid from the end of October is not a real threat. It has already passed us at a speed of almost 43,452 km / h and probably only has a diameter between 2 and 7 meters, which is too small is to cause greater damage even if it was hit.
What is really remarkable about this creepy space rock sighting is that it shows how astronomers can better recognize incoming asteroids. It is very likely that we will be flooded with cosmic boulders on the Regs, and it has always been like that, but only now do we get a sense of how much traffic up there really is.