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An Asteroid Twice as Close as Most Satellites Flys By Earth

By Editor 05 April 2017

An asteroid the size of a car made one of the closest passes to Earth ever seen, before rambling on back into space Tuesday. Asteroid 2017 GM was discovered late Monday by the Mount Lemmon Observatory in Arizona and then made its closest pass a few hours later at a distance of around 10,000 miles. "It is among the 10 known asteroids making the closest approach ever," Italian astrophysicist Gianluca Masi wrote in a blog post Tuesday.