Close call: When asteroids whisk past Earth

PARIS: A peanut-shaped asteroid 1.3 kilo metres across streaked past Earth on Wednesday, giving astronomers a rare chance to check out a big space rock up close.

But not too close.

Dubbed 2014-JO25, the asteroid came nearest at 12:20 GMT and is now hurtling away from the centre of our solar system, said Ian Carnelli, an astronomer from the European Space Agency [ESA].
“It does not represent a danger to our planet,” Carnelli told AFP, noting that the asteroid passed within 1.8 million kilo metres [1.1 million miles] of Earth – about four times the distance to the moon.
The Arecibo observatory in Puerto Rico – which has one of the world’s biggest radio telescopes – captured the 2014 JO25’s first images, showing an object that is likely “two large asteroids that fused together”.

Massive asteroid to pass close to Earth today

The space projectile will remain visible to onlookers equipped with a telescope in the northern hemisphere on Wednesday night. Herewith, a little primer on…

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