Now Playing
102.3 WBAB
Last Song Played
L.I.'s Only Classic Rock!
On Air
No Program
Now Playing
102.3 WBAB
Last Song Played
L.I.'s Only Classic Rock!

DONATE NOW

Posted: March 05, 2017

Asteroid passes inside Earth’s satellite ring, ’20 times closer than moon’

An asteroid, much smaller than an artist's drawing of one pictured above, came within 9,000 miles of Earth with only a six hour warning.
NASA/JPL-Caltech
An asteroid, much smaller than an artist's drawing of one pictured above, came within 9,000 miles of Earth with only a six hour warning.

By Shelby Lin Erdman

Cox Media Group National Content Desk

A small asteroid passed so close to the Earth on Thursday, at one, point, it was 20 times closer than the moon, NASA said.

The space rock was detected by astronomers at the NASA-funded Catalina Sky Survey near Tucson, Arizona just six hours before its closest approach to Earth.

>> Read more trending news  

The space rock, named 2017 EA, measured about 10 feet across and streaked safely through Earth’s atmosphere without incident, making its closest approach at 6:04 am Pacific Standard Time at an altitude of 9,000 miles above the Pacific Ocean, the Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) said on its website.

Ground-based telescopes can no longer see the asteroid, but astronomers can now accurately track 2017 EA. It won’t approach Earth for at least a hundred years, according to CNEOS.


There are no comments yet. Be the first to post your thoughts. or Register.

 
 

THE BEST OF “ROGER & JP’S HOTTEST…”

Check out ALL of the Long Island ladies that have been a part of previous Roger & JP’s Hottest Contests.