Asteroid bigger than a blue whale is heading for Earth today

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While Friday's close approach isn't a huge deal, Chodas said in an email, "it is a reminder that asteroids can pass very close to our planet and it's important that we find these objects when they do get close". The asteroid, which is named 2018 CB, is estimated to be between 50 and 130 feet in size and was discovered by NASA-funded Catalina Sky Survey on February 4.

The asteroid was found by NASA-funded Catalina Sky Survey (CSS) near Tucson, Arizona, that records potentially hazardous asteroids.

Apart from these two asteroids, another spooky asteroid named 2015 TB145, which is known as the Halloween asteroid because of its appearance, is going to fly by our planet this year.

Designated 2018 CB, the asteroid is an estimated 50 feet to 130 feet in size, possibly bigger than the one that exploded over Russian Federation five years ago this month. Last year, more than 2,000 previously unknown near-Earth asteroids were discovered, according to Chodas.

He claimed that the 2018 CB asteroid will closely approach Earth but will not pose a threat to the planet.

During the 2013 Chelyabinsk event, 1500 people were injured and 7300 buildings damaged by the intense overpressure generated by the shockwave at Earth's surface.

Anything that comes closer than 4,650,000 miles of Earth is classified by NASA as a "near-Earth object". Scientists estimated the asteroid was 50-100 feet in diameter.

The first was called 2018 CC and zoomed past at 8:10 p.m on Tuesday.

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