Asteroid comes close to Earth

Grace Lehrian
News Editor/Spectator

The universe has always been a subject of research throughout human history.  This is no different in today’s modern society; it’s perhaps even more true. The information on asteroids and me teorites grows each passing night.  But, in order to understand what information was recently gathered, you must first understand what the difference between the two are.  According to Jerry Coffey of Universe Today, an asteroid can be described as a “rocky bodies that do not have an atmosphere, although some have a high metallic content. A few have their own moons.”  Coffey also describes a meteorite as “any object that has entered the atmosphere of another object and survived to impact the surface.”

The IFLScience researchers were busy capturing images of an asteroid that passed by Earth on Sept. 4th.   This is a normal occurrence, but one aspect of this asteroid made this case special.  The asteroid that had been discovered just days before it was due to pass by, made its way closer to Earth than the moon is. The Slooh Community Observatory claimed that if the asteroid were to make contact with land, it would “cause more damage than the impact in Chelyabinsk Russia in 2013”

The previous damage was caused by a meteorite that hit Earth close to the Russian town of Chelyabinsk.  NASA reports that “the odds of the Earth being rocked by another meteorite on par with the one that unexpectedly shook Chelyabinsk, Russia earlier [2013] are higher than previously estimated.”  Scientist working in the field claimed that the chelyabinsk meteorite was the largest external object to make contact with land.  Luckily, the larger asteroid that passed Earth just on Sept. 7th did not make it’s way to the ground.

You can view video of the asteroid passing by from the Slooh Community Observatory website.  To see what others are saying about the asteroid, you can go to #Sloohpitbull on Twitter.