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Asteroid just misses Earth days after discoveryA hard-to-spot space rock came within about half the distance to the moon from Earth as it buzzed our planet Monday.
[BLANK_AUDIO] That we actually first observed it with the Catalina Sky Survey on January 7. This was the first time we've seen this asteroid. What makes it unique, short of how close by it was to us at that point. So this is what's known as an atom asteroid. So an atom one is where Has a similar orbital distance to the sun comparable to Earth's distance from the sun. So it's nearby to Earth. This one has a particularly elliptical orbit. So that means it sort of has a stretched-out rubber band like shape versus more of a circular shape. So it gets a lot closer to the sun and a lot more distant from the sun at certain points in its orbit. And over this course of time, It actually crosses the orbits of two planets, Venus and Earth. The asteroid is moving very quickly, as a lot of objects are [INAUDIBLE] to our planet. But this is moving very quickly, very nearby to us. And so this rock out in space is actually moving about 16 kilometers per second, or ten miles per second, relative to Are referenced from [BLANK_AUDIO]