A Record Close Shave: Asteroid 2020 VT4 Just Skimmed by Earth

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A Record Close Shave: Asteroid 2020 VT4 Just Skimmed by Earth

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A low-flying space rock set a record last Friday (appropriately, the 13th), when 2020 VT4 passed just under 400 kilometers (250 miles) over the Southern Pacific. The asteroid- 2020 VT4 is estimated to be 5-10 meters (16-32 feet) across, about the size of a small house. This sets a record for the closest documented non-meteoric asteroid pass versus the Earth. This record was already broken once this year, with the passage of asteroid 2020 QG 3,000 kilometers (1,864 miles) from the surface of the Earth on August 16th.

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https://www.universetoday.com/148808/a- ... -by-earth/


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