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Asteroid Narrowly Misses Earth, Detected On Saturday

By wochit 10 January 2017

An asteroid the size of the bolide that blew out windows across a Russian city when it collided with the atmosphere in 2013 gave Earth a particularly close pass Monday morning. Asteroid 2017 AG13 came within half the distance from Earth to the moon as it buzzed by early Monday morning at 4:47 a.m. The fly-by happened shortly after scientists at the Catalina Sky Survey first discovered the space rock on Saturday. The asteroid is about 36 to 111 feet (11 to 34 meters) across, according to the Slooh Observatory, and moving very fast relative to Earth at 10 miles (16 kilometers) per second.