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By the Earth flew by asteroid the size of a 10-storey building

Мимо Земли пролетел астероид размером с 10-этажный домAn asteroid the size of a 10-story building passed within half the distance from Earth to the moon.

On Monday morning past Earth flew by asteroid 2017 AG13.

As Business Insider reports, a celestial body was discovered by researchers from the University of Arizona on Saturday.

The length of the asteroid ranged from 15 to 34 meters, while passing past the Earth he was moving at a speed of 16 kilometers per second. As stated by the astronomers, a heavenly body crossed the orbit of two planets: Venus and Earth. In this case, 2017 AG13 passed within half the distance from Earth to the moon.

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Experts from the University of Purdue has calculated that, if the celestial body entered the Earth’s atmosphere, it would become the cause of the explosion, whose power dozens of times would exceed the power of the explosion of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. However, the explosion would have occurred at a distance of 16 kilometers from the planet’s surface, so serious damage could have been avoided. According to the researchers, these explosions occur about once every 150 years.

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