Asteroid news: Space rock has 'very close but safe encounter' with Earth

AN ASTEROID bigger than a blue whale whizzed by Earth last night in what astronomers are calling a "very close encounter".

A space rock known as 2020 RZ6 swung by our planet closer to us than the orbit of the Moon on the evening of September 17. The asteroid, which is up to 27 metres in length, flew by our planet at a distance of 340,000 kilometres, or 88 percent the distance of the Moon.

Astronomers managed to photograph the asteroid as it shot by Earth at a close, but safe, distance.

Shortly after the image passed, the Virtual Telescope Project said: "Minutes ago, the near-Earth asteroid 2020 RZ6...
source: Express

2020-09-18 13:23
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