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2013 Monster Asteroid/Meteor: Almost Hit The Earth on June 2013

Updated on June 15, 2013
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Susan is a science geek, and if that wasn't enough, she gets all nerdy over technology too. She is also a writer too.

That asteroid barely missed us.
That asteroid barely missed us.

Monster Asteroid

The huge 'QE2' asteroid has flown past the Earth and nearly got us, skimming past the Earth at a distance of 3.6 million miles. Might seem a lot to you, but to astronomers, they say that is extra near, almost hitting the Earth. This monster asteroid is so big that it even has its own moon orbiting around it. It made its closest approach at 20:59 GMT, but scientists and astronomers have said that it would never hit us. The scary thing is that it was the same sized asteroid that was believed to have wiped out the dinosaurs. If it hit us, the impacts would have been... well, the whole earth would probably be ripped in two and the whole human civilisation wiped out, dead. Many professors and scientists have said that it really was big, and nasty and that it was roughly 55,000 times larger than the asteroid that hit Russia, a few months ago.

Doomsday?

Is this the end? Can the whole human civilisation be wiped out by one colossal smash? According to astronomers, yes it can. There are approximately 600 of these massive asteroids out there in the 'near earth zone' so we could get a giga impact with these asteroids any day. You just have to be prepared they can hit at any time.

Astronomers Delight

Hundreds of astronomers are watching this amazing yet dark asteroid through their telescopes and it is considered to be a real treat as the asteroid has its own moon orbiting it. NASA have taken a sequence of radar images of the asteroid which really are breath taking. Although this asteroid cannot be seen with the naked eye, even a binoculars or telescope will do.

What Next?

This asteroid will not come back again for another 2 centuries so say goodbye while you can. Although this will come back again at a very late stage, there are still hundreds more to worry about. What are the chances of getting hit by one? Scientists have calculated that there is a one in 1800 chance of the object colliding with the Earth.

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    • susi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan W 

      4 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Thanks Peg! I realize now how short this hub is, no doubt this was written in a rush, I'll make it a lot longer (stellar hub) in the future. Yes, it shows just how vulnerable we are here on Earth, one asteroid could wipe out the entire civilisation forever. However, it is unlikely. Thanks for your comment!

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      Peg Cole 

      4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      It's almost incredible to think about an asteroid that huge. Perhaps one day we will go the way of the dinosaur. I found this article to have an undercurrent of humor, despite a serious topic. Interesting topic.

    • susi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan W 

      5 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi TimboT! Welcome to HubPages and may you have a nice stay!

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      TimboT 

      5 years ago

      Think of all the problems that would solve.

    • susi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan W 

      5 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi Marie! Thank you for reading this hub and I know what you are saying and thank you for reviewing this hub in such detail. It is nice to have established Hubbers giving their views on your hubs and I would like to thank you for that. Don't worry, I will be developing this more thoroughly at a later stage and I will be adding links about asteroids too.

      Hi Flourish Anyway! Thanks for reading my hub and your feedback is greatly appreciated. Yes, I am very glad that we are still here too. It was a near encounter.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      5 years ago from USA

      Glad we are all still here! Didn't realize we had a near miss until this.

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      Marie Flint 

      5 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA

      This is an interesting subject that you have presented. You give some facts, but don't say where you got this information. A link to a site about asteroids would be better than the one on plant probiotics. Your have a healthy curiosity and add feeling to the hub by posing the questions. You've got a very good start. Should you decide to edit this hub, you might consider developing it further. Space is interesting. Thank you for writing about the asteroid.

    • susi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan W 

      5 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Yes, I know. Very scary indeed. Thanks for reading, rajan jolly!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thank God it didn't hit us.

    • susi10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan W 

      5 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Thanks for reading, peachpurple! I am so grateful too that God gives us life, we are so lucky. Yesterday was a close encounter, if that hit us we'd be dead.

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      peachy 

      5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      an interesting article that I didn't realized. I haven't been reading news lately. One thing for sure, I thank GOD every day for giving us life.

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