Bus-Size Asteroid to Give Earth Close Shave Friday
by Mike Wall, SPACE.com Senior Writer
Date: 26 January 2012 Time: 04:31 PM ET
The newly discovered asteroid 2012 BX34 (whose orbit is
represented by the blue line) will come within 0.17 lunar distances of
Earth on Jan. 27, 2012, experts say.
The newfound asteroid 2012 BX34, which is about the size of a city bus, will pass within 36,750 miles (59,044 kilometers) of Earth at about 10:30 a.m. EST (1530 GMT) Friday, astronomers with NASA's Asteroid Watch program announced via Twitter.
The space rock is about 36 feet (11 meters) wide, making it much too small to pose a threat to Earth.
"It wouldn't get through our atmosphere intact even if it dared to try," Asteroid Watch scientists tweeted today (Jan. 26). Asteroid Watch is based at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
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