25 ene. 2017

Yet Another Asteroid made a Close Pass to Earth

Another asteroid made a close pass to the Earth, on January 24, at 11:54 EDT (5:54 UTC), the second one to do so in as many weeks. Asteroid 2017 BX's close pass -- just within the Moon's orbit -- follows asteroid 2017 AG13's January 9 flyby by a mere 15 days. While this new asteroid missed us as well, and wouldn't cause much damage if it were to actually to have hit us, it does set up a disturbing trend, as both 2017 BX and 2017 AG13 weren't discovered until mere days before their closest approaches.

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