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15-Meter Asteroid Narrowly Misses Earth

Posted by feww on September 30, 2013

Asteroid detected hours before narrowly missing Earth

A 15-meter asteroid was detected hours before it narrowly missed the Earth over the weekend, Russian scientists said.

Russian researchers recorded the celestial object as it approached the earth on Friday.

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Asteroid detected by Sternberg Astronomical Institute. © Photo Moscow State University/MASTER/Vladimir Lipunov

“[The asteroid] was discovered on Friday night by our station near Lake Baikal and nine hours later it flew within 11,300 kilometers of the Earth surface, below the orbit of geostationary satellites. It was about 15 meters in size,” said Vladimir Lipunov of the Moscow State University and the Sternberg Astronomical Institute.


Asteroid detected by Sternberg Astronomical Institute
© Photo Moscow State University/MASTER/Vladimir Lipunov

International Astronomical Union has not yet confirmed the event.

A 10,000-ton meteoroid exploded over the city of Chelyabinsk on February 15 and blasted out thousands of windows, injuring about 1,500 people.

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