Sunday January 29, 2012

Surprise Asteroid Passed Really Close to Earth

If some of you heard a giant whoosh overhead on Friday, not to worry, it was just an asteroid passing by 37k miles from the Earth. Friday’s flyby was the closest approaches ever recorded and to make it even a bit scarier, it wasn’t spotted until two days prior to the event. Now that fact doesn’t instill much confidence at all. big grin

The asteroid caught astronomers by surprise. In a recent tweet, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Near Earth Object Office (NEOO) said that "asteroids this small are hard to spot, and luckily they pose the least concern."