Washington: An asteroid, estimated to be between 15 and 30 metres in size, will safely pass by Earth on Friday, NASA has said. The celestial object, designated asteroid 2018 CB, will pass closely by Earth at around 5.30 pm EST (4 am Saturday India time), at a distance of about 64,000 kilometres, which is less than one-fifth the distance of Earth to the Moon.
Small asteroid to closely pass by Earth today
"Although 2018 CB is quite small, it might well be larger than the asteroid that entered the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk, Russia, almost exactly five years ago, in 2013," said Paul Chodas of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. "Asteroids of this size do not often approach this close to our planet -- maybe only once or twice a year," Chodas said.