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