Asteroid 2017 DF to flyby Earth at 2.09 LD on February 19

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A newly discovered asteroid 2017 DF will flyby Earth at a distance of 2.09 LD (802 560 km / 498 687 miles) at 09:27 UTC on February 19, 2017.

Asteroid 2017 DF has an estimated diameter between 13 and 28 m (43 – 92 feet) and belongs to Apollo group of asteroids. It was discovered on February 17 by Mt. Lemmon Survey.

At 09:27 UTC on February 19, it will flyby Earth at a speed (relative to the Earth) of 5.37 km/s.

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

As of February 17, 2017, there are 15 747 known near-Earth objects. 8 500 belong to the Apollo group of asteroids, the same as 2017 DF.

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Featured image credit: ESA/NEO Coordination Centre. Edit: TW

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