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A 242-foot asteroid shot past the earth today at 22,000 MPH

Planet Earth was buzzed by a rather large space rock on Saturday. Known as asteroid 2019 JR1, our heavenly visitor swung off for which astronomers refer as a "near earth approach", which is within miles of the planet's surface. Classified as a near-ground object (NEO), asteroid 2019 JR1 was discovered only recently, came up on NASA's radar – so to speak – a little over two weeks ago. First discovered on May 2, the space rock was determined to be an Apollo-type asteroid, which means that it slides around the solar system in a similar way to the asteroid 1 862 Apollo, which sometimes crosses the Earth's orbit around the sun. According to data from NASA's Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), asteroid 2019 JR1 is estimated to measure anywhere between 108 feet and 242 feet in diameter. While a space rock, this size could pose some serious problems if it were a little too close for comfort, the asteroid 2019 JR1 never gave us any cause for concern. The object performed a harmless change of land earlier today – and is not expected to return in the foreseeable future, announced asteroid tracker from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). As CNEOS explains, near Earth objects – such as asteroid 2019 JR1 – are celestial bodies, either asteroids or comets, "which have been snapped by the gravitational attraction of nearby planets in paths that allow them to enter the Earth's neighborhood." "Note that a" near "passage astronomically can be very…

Planet Earth was buzzed by a rather large space rock on Saturday. Known as asteroid 2019 JR1, our heavenly visitor swung off for which astronomers refer as a “near earth approach”, which is within miles of the planet’s surface.

Classified as a near-ground object (NEO), asteroid 2019 JR1 was discovered only recently, came up on NASA’s radar – so to speak – a little over two weeks ago. First discovered on May 2, the space rock was determined to be an Apollo-type asteroid, which means that it slides around the solar system in a similar way to the asteroid 1

862 Apollo, which sometimes crosses the Earth’s orbit around the sun.

According to data from NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), asteroid 2019 JR1 is estimated to measure anywhere between 108 feet and 242 feet in diameter. While a space rock, this size could pose some serious problems if it were a little too close for comfort, the asteroid 2019 JR1 never gave us any cause for concern. The object performed a harmless change of land earlier today – and is not expected to return in the foreseeable future, announced asteroid tracker from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

As CNEOS explains, near Earth objects – such as asteroid 2019 JR1 – are celestial bodies, either asteroids or comets, “which have been snapped by the gravitational attraction of nearby planets in paths that allow them to enter the Earth’s neighborhood.”

“Note that a” near “passage astronomically can be very far away in human terms: millions or even tens of millions of kilometers.”

A near ground object approaching our planet.

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Stumbling through space at incredible speeds above 22,000 mph, asteroid 2019 JR1 made its approach to the planet earth at 1:46. ET. During today’s close encounter, the asteroid passed within 3.85 million miles of the earth. This means that the space stone at its nearest point to the planet’s surface was 16.14 times longer than the moon.

Tomorrow the planet Earth lies in another close brush with a much more formidable asteroid. As the Inquisitr recently reported, a massive 1,280-foot asteroid comes almost three times the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza to pay the Earth a close – but for sure – visit May 19th, buzzing the planet at a distance of 4 million miles.

The series of near asteroid airbags continues on Monday with a visit from asteroid 2019 JL3. Discovered just 10 days ago, the space stone is considered to be between 92 meters and 206 meters wide and will zoom past the earth in the morning early.

After studying its orbit, the track and proximity to our planet, asteroid trackers at JPL have determined the moment of its close approach to 3:33 AM ET. While much smaller than its predecessor, the 2019 JL3 asteroid will pass much closer to our planet, skimming the earth from a distance of 585,900 miles. It is 2.46 times the distance between the earth and the moon.

The asteroid will return in about two years and arrive at another visit on August 25, 2021. But its next flyby of the earth will be a far more distant one, which will bring it just 32.28 million miles of the planet’s surface .

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