A newly discovered asteroid 2016 YJ will flyby Earth at 1.2 LD (460 800 km / 286 330 miles) from the surface on December 22, 2016.
2016 YJ is Apollo-class near-Earth asteroid, discovered on December 18, with an estimated size of 10 - 23 m (32.8 - 75.4 feet). It will make close approach to our planet at 10:53 UTC on December 22, 2016 and flyby with an estimated relative velocity of 9.36 km/s.
The next time this asteroid comes nearly this close to Earth will be on November 19, 2087.
As of December 18, 2016, there are 15 362 known near-Earth asteroids. 8 316 of them belong to Apollo group.
4 170 of all known NEAs have an estimated diameter between 30 and 100 m (100 - 330 feet).
Featured image credit: NASA NEO/JPL
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