A Car-Size Asteroid Just Whipped by Earth

SPACE.COM | on Tue, Apr 4, 3:40 AM

A car-size asteroid was caught on camera just before it approached within 10,100 miles[1] (16,300 km) of Earth today (April 4) - less than one-twentieth the distance from Earth to the moon. The 12-foot-wide (3.6 meters) celestial visitor, called 2017 GM, whipped by at 11.5 miles per second (18.5 kilometers per second) compared to Earth early this morning. Scientists at the Mount Lemmon Survey in Arizona first spotted the asteroid yesterday, and researchers with Virtual Telescope Project and T...

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