Thursday, February 10, 2011

Don't Panic (The asteroid that just missed us wasn't *that* big.)

Short Sharp Science: Asteroid makes sharpest turn yet seen in solar system

Image via New Scientist.
On Friday, a metre-sized asteroid called 2011 CQ1 was spotted zipping only 5480 kilometres above the Earth's surface. That is the closest near miss on record, beating the previous record holder, a rock that buzzed Earth in 2004 called 2004 FU162, by a few hundred kilometres.

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