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Asteroid 2016 EF195 detected 4 days after very close flyby

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Newly discovered asteroid 2016 EF195 made a very close approach to Earth on March 11 and flew by us at 0.08 lunar distances.

The closest approach occurred at 04:35 UTC at about 31 565 km (0.000211 AU / 0.08 LD / 19 613 miles) from the surface of our planet. This distance is closer than our geostationary satellites (~35 768 km / 22 236 miles).

Estimated size of this asteroid is 20 to 50 meters (65 to 164 feet). This is about twice the size of Chelyabinsk asteroid that exploded over Russia in February 2013.

Asteroid 2016 EF195 flew by Earth at about 10 km/s (6.25 mi/s) and was detected on March 15, 4 days after its closest approach.

Ephemeris | Orbit Diagram | Orbital Elements | Physical Parameters | Close-Approach Data

Featured image credit: NASA / NEOP. Edit: The Watchers

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