Two small asteroids safely pass Earth this week

Asteroid 2018CB will graze Earth

Asteroid 2018CB will graze Earth

Both of this week's asteroids were discovered February 4 by astronomers at the NASA-funded Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona.

The first was called 2018 CC and zoomed past at 8:10 p.m on Tuesday.

Asteroid 2018 CB will come within 39,000 miles of Earth which is one fifth the distance to the moon.

At its closest approach, the asteroid will be nearly 39,000 miles (64,000 kilometers) from Earth.

2018 CB isn't a mass-extinction type of asteroid, though it's an interesting one for astronomers.


A large space rock will is headed towards Earth and will come terrifyingly close to our planet this evening.

"Asteroids of this size do not often approach this close to our planet - maybe only once or twice a year", said Paul Chodas, manager of the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

On Feb. 15, 2013, an asteroid roughly 17 metres in size lit up the sky over Chelyabinsk breaking up, with a large piece landing in a lake.

Anything that comes closer than 4,650,000 miles of Earth is classified by NASA as a "near-Earth object".

Asteroid 2002 AJ129 generated a lot of hype before it passed at a safe distance of about 2.6 million miles (4.2 million kilometers) Sunday. The other asteroid 2018 CC, during its close flyby on February 6, was nearly 114,000 miles (184,000 kilometers) away from Earth. That asteroid was also classified by NASA as "potentially hazardous" as it was nearly 2, 615, 1258 miles away from the Earth during its closest approach.

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