A newly discovered asteroid flew past Earth at a distance of 0.31 LD / 0.00079 AU (118 182 km / 73 435 miles) on February 11, 2019. This is the 6th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and first since January 27.
Asteroid 2019 CN5 belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids. It was first observed at Catalina Sky Survey on February 12, one day after it made a close approach to our planet.
2019 CN5's estimated diameter is between 7.3 and 16 m (23.9 – 52.5 feet). It flew past us at a speed (relative to the Earth) of 15.84 km/s at 07:23 UTC.
|NEO||DATE / TIME UTC||DISTANCE LD | AU||Diameter|
|2019 CN5||February 11 @ 07:23 UTC ± 00:03||0.31 | 0.00079||7.3 m – 16 m|
|2019 BZ3||January 27 @ 23:29 ± < 00:01||0.13 | 0.00032||5.0 – 11 m|
|2019 BV1||January 24 @ 20:53 ± < 00:01||0.35 | 0.00090||4.9 – 11 m|
|2019 BO||January 16 @ 01:13 ± 00:02||0.18 | 0.00046||6.6 – 15 m|
|2019 AE9||January 12 @ 11:09 ± < 00:01||0.26 | 0.00067||9.9 – 22 m|
|2019 AS5||January 8 @ 00:37 ± < 00:01||0.04 | 0.00010||0.95 – 2.1 m|
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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