27 Jun '11, 3pm

Say Hi! Asteroid To Swing By Earth Today At 1PM ET

Say Hi! Asteroid To Swing By Earth Today At 1PM ET

An asteroid roughly the size of an RV will just miss our planet sometime around 1PM ET today. Called 2011 MD, the 30ft rock will pass just 7,600 miles from the Earth’s surface – a very close shave in astronomical terms. According to NASA, there’s no chance of it actually hitting – and even if it did, we could expect nothing more than a spectacular fireball burning up in the atmosphere. What’s perhaps a bit more scary is that this little guy was only discovered last week. As the Washington Post points out , smaller asteroids are notoriously difficult to spot early on; as opposed to their giant, species killing cousins (say the 112-mile wide monster that may have wiped out the dinosaurs). But, there are some that can slip under our radar. From the site: On March 2, 2009 an asteroid about 200 feet wide buzzed by Earth only a few days after being discovered. Its closest approa...

Full article: http://www.ecorazzi.com/2011/06/27/asteroid-to-swing-by-e...

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