Mystery object to whizz by Earth Wednesday

Jan 12, 2010

(AP) -- A mystery object from space is about to whizz close by Earth on Wednesday. It won't hit our planet, but scientists are stumped by what exactly it is.

Astronomers say it may be space junk or it could be a tiny asteroid, too small to cause damage even if it hit. It's 33 to 50 feet wide at most.

says that on Wednesday at 7:47 a.m. EST, it will streak by, missing Earth by about 80,000 miles. In the western United States it may be bright enough to be seen with a good .

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NeilFarbstein
3 / 5 (2) Jan 12, 2010
small asteroids are a good source of nickel-iron
otto1923
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Birger
1 / 5 (1) Jan 13, 2010
This could be an old S-IV B stage from the Apollo missions.
croghan27
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Guess it zipped on by last night ... I have had no reports of the earth moving for anyone.