Close Shave: Bus-Size Asteroid Buzzes Earth, Comes Closer Than The Moon


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Another one closer than the moon. And this one was only discovered a few days ago. Certainly makes you wonder how many are out there that they’ve yet to discover …

By Tariq Malik, Space.com – “A small asteroid about the size of a city bus zipped by Earth at a range closer than the moon early Saturday (May 3), but posed no threat to our planet.

The newly discovered asteroid 2014 HL129 came within 186,000 miles (299,338 kilometers) of Earth when it made its closest approach on Saturday morning, which is close enough to pass between the planet and the orbit of the moon. The average distance between the Earth and moon is about 238,855 miles (384,400 km).

You can watch a video animation of asteroid 2014 HL129’s orbit around the sun on Space.com. The asteroid is about 25 feet (7.6 meters) wide, according to NASA’s Asteroid Watch project based…

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