NASA Says Asteroid Passed Within Satellite Ring

An asteroid has passed so close to earth it was within the ring of satellites and NASA only discovered six hours before it arrived, NASA has revealed.

The rock, named 2017 EA, made its closest approach to Earth at 6.04am US West Coast time at an altitude of only 9000 miles above the eastern Pacific Ocean.

“A small near-Earth asteroid less than 3 meters (10 feet) across whizzed safely past Earth today at a distance so close that it passed well inside the ring of geosynchronous satellites,” the Center for Near Earth Object Studies said.

At its closest point, this asteroid was 20 times closer than the Moon; it then quickly moved into the daytime sky and can no longer be observed by ground-based telescopes.”

According to NASA, 2017 EA was originally detected only 6 hours before closest approach by astronomers.

This detection was made by the NASA-funded Catalina Sky Survey, near Tucson, Arizona.

It was observed by several other observatories before it passed into the Earth’s shadow just before closest approach.

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Source: The Mirror