Asteroid 2018 WE1 flew past Earth at 0.28 lunar distances

Asteroid 2018 WE1 flew past Earth at 0.28 lunar distances

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 WE1 flew past Earth at a very close distance of 0.28 LD / 0.00071 AU (106 214 km / 65 998 miles) on November 25, 2018. This is the 68th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and the 12th so far this month. 

This object was first observed at ATLAS-MLO, Mauna Loa, Hawaii on November 26, one day after it made its closest approach to our planet.

It belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids and has an estimated diameter between 17 and 38 m (56 and 125 feet).

It flew past us at 00:03 UTC on November 25 at a speed (relative to the Earth) of 11.68 km/s.


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Reference

Asteroid 2018 WE1 at Minor Planet Center; at CNEOS

Featured image: The green line indicates the object's apparent motion relative to the Earth, and the bright green marks are the object's location at approximately half hour intervals. The Moon's orbit is grey. The blue arrow points in the direction of Earth's motion and the yellow arrow points toward the Sun. Credit: Minor Planet Center

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