A two-story-sized asteroid has wandered close to Earth – and NASA almost missed it.
The cosmic rock travels at a speed of 19,000 mph, passing three times as close to our planet as the distance from Earth to the moon.
Horrifyingly, NASA acknowledged that the pilot had not been selected by his asteroid tracking radars over the weekend until it was too late to act.
The rock was spotted just a day before it was cut. along our planet, according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
NASA had plenty of time to calculate its orbit and determine that it did not pose a threat to Earth before flying.
Known as the 2019 VA, the 42-foot object traveled 65 1
This may sound like a long distance, but to put it in context, the moon orbits the Earth at a distance of about 240,000 miles.
NASA considers everything to be within 120 million miles of Earth a Near Earth Object "that could endanger our planet.
It is disturbing that in 2019 VA is just a little smaller than the famous meteor of Chelyabinsk that blew up Russia in 2013.
More than 1500 people were injured by the explosion, with 7200 buildings damaged by the huge impact the wave it produced.
This weekend's flight is one of several near misses nearly missed by NASA this year.
Last month, the agency admitted that it had almost missed a huge asteroid that had crept past Earth.
The 450-foot space rock, considered the "largest ever passing near Earth in 100 years," was missed in September due to bad weather.
Although these near misses are more than a little nerve-wracking, you don't have to panic just yet.
NASA believes that none of the thousands of NEOs it monitors is currently colliding with our planet.
"NASA does not know about an asteroid or comet at the time of the collision with Earth, so probably
" In fact, as best as possible, there is no major object to hit the Earth for the next several hundred years.
if they hit our planet, asteroids of this size would not destroy life as we know it.
Global catastrophes are only triggered when objects larger than 3,000 feet are crashed on Earth, according to NASA.