An asteroid the size of a double-decker bus razed Earth dangerously – and NASA almost missed it.
Space rock has traveled at a speed of 30,000 km / h, three times closer to our planet than the distance from Earth to the Moon.
Terribly, NASA admitted that the overflight of this radar was detected by its asteroid tracking radar only if it was too late to act.
The rock was only spotted the day before it passed our planet, according to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA.
NASA just had time to calculate its orbit and determine that it did not pose a threat to the Earth before the flyby.
Known as 2019 VA, the 42-foot object passed less than 65,100 miles from Earth in the afternoon of November 2.
This may seem like a considerable distance, but to put it in context, the Moon is circling the Earth at a distance of about 240,000 miles.
NASA considers that anything less than 120 million kilometers from the Earth is an "object close to the Earth" that could threaten our planet.
Worryingly, the 2019 VA was only slightly smaller than the famous Chelyabinsk meteor that exploded in Russia in 2013.
The blast injured more than 1,500 people and 7,200 buildings were damaged by the huge shockwave that it caused.
The flyby this weekend is one of many tight passages that have been missed by NASA this year.
Last month, the agency admitted to almost missing a huge asteroid flying over the Earth.
A 450-foot space rock deemed "the greatest to cross this proximity of the Earth in 100 years" was missed in September due to poor weather conditions.
Although these failures are a little annoying, there is no need to panic for the moment.
NASA thinks that none of the thousands of monitored NEOs is currently heading against a collision with our planet.
"NASA does not know any asteroid or comet currently colliding with the Earth. The probability of a major collision is therefore very low, "he says.
"In fact, as far as we can judge, no large object is likely to hit Earth at any time in the next few hundred years."
Even if they hit our planet, asteroids of this size would not erase life as we know it.
According to NASA, "global disasters" are triggered only when objects more than 3,000 feet long break on Earth.