Small asteroid swings harmlessly past Earth (Update)

June 27, 2011
Illustration shows path of asteroid 2011 MD.

An asteroid the size of a tour bus has zipped harmlessly past Earth.

The space rock flew 7,600 miles above the Earth's surface. It sailed high above the southern Atlantic Ocean at closest approach.

The asteroid was discovered last week by telescopes in New Mexico. It is between 15 feet and 60 feet wide. Scientists say asteroids this size sail past Earth every six years.

Earlier this year, a smaller came within 3,400 miles of Earth.

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More information: NASA's near Earth object program: http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/index.html

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Cave_Man
1 / 5 (1) Jun 27, 2011
If the other asteroid they are talking about is 99942 Apophis then someone needs a brain scan cuz that rock is much larger than this one at ~1k ft diameter.
JonnyMcA
5 / 5 (1) Jun 27, 2011
If the other asteroid they are talking about is 99942 Apophis then someone needs a brain scan cuz that rock is much larger than this one at ~1k ft diameter.


They are referring to asteroid 2011 CQ1 which was bout 1-2 metres in size, and swung past the earth on the 4th February 2011.
Shootist
1 / 5 (2) Jun 27, 2011
They refer to neither.
SteWe
1 / 5 (1) Jun 28, 2011
From the link given:

June 23, 2011
Small Asteroid to Whip Past Earth on June 27, 2011

Near-Earth asteroid 2011 MD will pass ...
JonnyMcA
5 / 5 (2) Jun 28, 2011
@ shootist and @SteWe

To clarify, Cave_Man was asking which asteroid they were referring to in the article when they stated "Earlier this year, a smaller space rock came within 3,400 miles of Earth."

Asteroid 2011 CQ1 passed by the earth at 3,400 miles of the earth on the 4th February 2011. This was about 1 or 2 metres in size.

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