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Jumbo asteroid makes remarkably close approach to Earth

An Asteroid Between Eleven To Thirty-four Meters Across (36 To 111 Feet), Approximately The Size Of 10 Jumbo African Elephants, Came Pretty Close To Earth On Monday Morning, Passing By At A Distance Only Half That Of The Moon.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Gautam Lalotra | Updated on: 10 Jan 2017, 04:22:36 PM
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New Delhi:

An asteroid between eleven to thirty-four meters across (36 to 111 feet), approximately the size of 10 jumbo African elephants, came pretty close to earth on Monday morning, passing by at a distance only half that of the Moon.

According to the Slooh Observatory, the space rock, christened 2017 AG13, was moving at about 10 miles per second, making it hard to spot with a telescope.

“This is moving very quickly, very nearby to us,” Eric Edelman, an astronomer with Slooh, said during a live broadcast of the surprise flyby at 7:47 am ET on January 9.

The near-Earth object, or NEO, has “a particularly elliptical orbit,” he noted, adding that “it actually crosses the orbits of two planets, Venus and Earth.”

The asteroid was initially spotted by the University of Arizona’s Catalina Sky Survey as recently as Saturday.

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First Published : 10 Jan 2017, 04:05:00 PM