Articles tagged "near-earth object"

asteroid 2020 fj4

Newly-discovered asteroid 2020 FJ4 flew past Earth at 0.67 LD on March 25

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 FJ4 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.67 LD / 0.00172 AU (257 308 km / 159 883 miles) at 13:43 UTC on March 25, 2020. This is the 24th known asteroid to flyby Earth since the start of the year, including 2020 FG4 on March...

March 25, 2020

asteroid 2020 fl2

Newly-discovered asteroid 2020 FL2 flew past Earth at 0.38 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 FL2 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.38 LD / 0.00099 AU (148 101 km / 92 026 miles) on March 22, 2020. This is the 22nd known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and the 3rd this...

March 23, 2020

asteroid 2020 fd

Newly-discovered asteroid 2020 FD to flyby Earth at 0.67 LD on March 18

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 FD will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.68 LD / 0.00171 AU (255 812 km / 158 954 miles) at 04:05 UTC on March 18, 2020. This is the 20th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and...

March 17, 2020

asteroid 2020 dr4

Asteroid 2020 DR4 flew past Earth at 0.24 lunar distances

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 DR4 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.24 LD / 0.00062 AU (92 750 km / 57 632 miles) on February 25, 2020. This is the 19th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year. Aten-class...

March 09, 2020

asteroid 2020 cd3

Asteroid 2020 CD3 flew past Earth at just 0.12 LD - Earth's second 'mini-moon'

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 CD3 flew past Earth at a distance of just 0.12 LD / 0.00031 AU (46 375 km / 28 816 miles) on February 13, 2020. This is the 18th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and the...

February 27, 2020

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Earth captures its second 'mini-moon' -- Asteroid 2020 CD3

Astronomers working at the Catalina Sky Survey, University of Arizona have discovered a possible mini-moon orbiting the Earth, now cataloged by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) as 2020 CD3. 2020 CD3 flew past Earth at a distance of just 0.12 LD / 0.00031...

February 27, 2020

asteroid 2020 da1

Three new asteroids flew past Earth within 1 lunar distance

Three newly-discovered asteroids - designated 2020 DU, 2020 DA1, and 2020 DW - flew past Earth within 1 lunar distance over the past few days. This pushed the total number of known <1 LD asteroid flybys this year to 17. This time last year, we had just 6 such...

February 20, 2020

asteroid 2020 cq2

Asteroid 2020 CQ2 flew past Earth at 0.39 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 CQ2 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.39 LD / 0.00099 AU (148 101 km / 92 026 miles) at 02:19 UTC on February 14, 2020. This is the 14th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year...

February 17, 2020

asteroid 2020 cq1

Asteroid 2020 CQ1 flew past Earth at 0.17 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 CQ1 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.17 LD / 0.00043 AU (64 327 km / 39 970 miles) at 11:17 UTC on February 4, 2020. This is the 13th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year,...

February 12, 2020

asteroid 2020 cw

Asteroid 2020 CW flew past Earth at a very close distance of 0.04 LD - 8th closest on record

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 CW flew past Earth at a very close distance of 0.04 LD / 0.00011 AU (16 455 km / 10 225 mi) at 12:50 UTC on February 1, 2020. This is well within the orbit of our geostationary satellites ~ 35 800 km (22 300 miles). The...

February 03, 2020

asteroid 2020 ba15

Asteroids 2020 BA15 and 2020 BZ13 flew past Earth within 1 lunar distance

Two newly-discovered asteroids designated 2020 BA15 and 2020 BZ13 flew past Earth within 1 lunar distance on January 28 and 29, respectively. Since the start of the year, our sky surveys have identified a total of 9 asteroids whose orbits took them within 1 lunar...

February 02, 2020

asteroid 2020 bt14

Asteroid 2020 BT14 to flyby Earth at 0.49 LD on February 3

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 BT14 will flyby Earth at 08:19 UTC on February 3, 2020, at a distance of 0.49 LD / 0.00126 AU (188 493 km / 117 124 miles). This is the second known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance this month, making a...

February 02, 2020

asteroid 2020 ca

Asteroid 2020 CA to flyby Earth at 0.57 LD on February 2

A newly-discovered Aten-class asteroid designated 2020 CA will flyby Earth at 15:49 UTC on February 2, 2020, at a distance of 0.57 LD / 0.00147 AU (219 908 km / 136 645 miles). With 3 other new <1LD approaches since our last update, this is the 9th known asteroid...

February 02, 2020

asteroid 2020 bh6

Asteroid 2020 BH6 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.18 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2020 BH6 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.18 LD / 0.00047 AU (70 310 km / 43 689 miles) on January 25, 2020. This is the 4th and the closest asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year. The...

January 28, 2020

asteroid 2020 ap1

Newly discovered asteroid 2020 AP1 flew past Earth at 0.85 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2020 AP1 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.85 LD / 0.00218 AU (326 123 km / 202 643 miles) on January 2, 2020. This is the first known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance this year. In 2019, we had 76 such...

January 06, 2020

asteroid 2019 yv4

Asteroid 2019 YV4 flew past Earth at 0.98 LD

Asteroid 2019 YV4 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.98 LD / 0.00251 AU (375 490 km / 233 319 miles) on December 25, 2019. This is the 76th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance in 2019. 2019 YV4 belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids and was first...

January 02, 2020

perseid by k scherer

Research suggests fireball over Australia was Earth's minimoon

A new study suggests that fireball that exploded over Australia in 2016 might have been Earth's 'minimoon.' If true, this would be the second observation of a minimoon fireball ever. Objects gravitationally captured by the Earth – Moon system are...

December 04, 2019

asteroid 2019 wj4

Asteroid 2019 WJ4 flew past Earth at 0.85 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 WJ4 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.85 LD / 0.00219 AU (327 619 km / 203 573 miles) on November 30, 2019. This is the 72nd known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and 11th since...

December 02, 2019

2019 wg2

Asteroid 2019 WG2 flew past Earth at 0.47 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 WG2 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.47 LD / 0.00121 AU (181 013 km / 112 476 miles) at 08:44 UTC on November 23, 2019. Apollo-class asteroid 2019 WG2 was first observed at ATLAS-MLO, Mauna Loa, Hawaii on November 24,...

November 26, 2019

asteroid 2019 wv1

Asteroid 2019 WV1 flew past Earth at 0.72 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 WV1 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.72 LD / 0.00186 AU (278 252 km / 172 897 miles) at 23:45 UTC on November 19, 2019. This is the 70th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year....

November 25, 2019

asteroid 2019 vb5

Asteroids 2019 VB5 and VF5 flew past Earth within 1 lunar distance

Two newly discovered Apollo-class asteroids designated 2019 VB5 and VF5 flew past Earth within 1 lunar distance on November 9, 2019. 2019 VB5 was first observed at Mt. Lemmon Survey, Arizona on November 8, one day before its close approach. The object flew past us...

November 13, 2019

asteroid 2019 vs4

Asteroid 2019 VS4 flew past Earth at 0.36 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 VS4 flew past Earth at 0.36 LD / 0.00093 AU (139 126 km / 86 448 miles) on November 6, 2019. It was first observed at ISON-Byurakan Observatory on the same day. This object belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids and has...

November 09, 2019

asteroid 2019 ud10

Asteroid 2019 UD10 flew past Earth at 0.44 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 UD10 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.44 LD / 0.00112 AU (167 549 km / 104 110 miles) at 10:08 UTC on October 27, 2019. 2019 UD10 belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids. It was first observed at Mt. Lemmon Survey,...

November 06, 2019

asteroid 2019 vr

Asteroid 2019 VR flew past Earth at 0.35 LD, just 35 minutes after 2019 VD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 VR flew past Earth at 0.35 LD / 0.00091 AU (136 134 km / 84 589 miles) at 10:30 UTC on November 4, 2019. The object flew past us just 35 minutes after 2019 VD at 0.45 LD. The object belongs to the Apollo group of...

November 04, 2019

asteroid 2019 vd

Asteroid 2019 VD to flyby Earth at 0.45 LD on November 4

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 VD will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.45 LD / 0.00116 AU (173 533 km / 107 828 miles) at 09:55 UTC on November 4, 2019. The object belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids. It was first observed at Pan-STARRS 2,...

November 03, 2019

asteroid 2019 va

Asteroid 2019 VA to flyby Earth at 0.28 LD on November 2

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 VA will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.28 LD / 0.00072 AU (107 710 km / 66 928 miles) at 17:41 UTC on November 2, 2019. 2019 VA belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids. It was first observed at Catalina Sky Survey on...

November 02, 2019

asteroid 2019 un13

Extremely close flyby of asteroid 2019 UN13 - just 0.03 LD, closest since February 2011

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 UN13 flew past Earth at an extremely close distance of just 0.03 LD / 8.43e-5 AU (12 611 km / 7 836 miles) at 14:45 UTC on October 31, 2019. The asteroid was discovered early October 31 at Catalina Sky Survey, Arizona,...

November 02, 2019

asteroid 2019 ux12

Asteroid 2019 UX12 flew past Earth at 0.99 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 UX12 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.99 LD / 0.00255 AU (381 474 km / 237 037 miles) at 03:08 UTC on October 26, 2019, making it the 10th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance in the month of October and...

November 01, 2019

asteroid 2019 ug11

Asteroid 2019 UG11 to flyby Earth at 0.55 LD on November 1

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 UG11 will fly by Earth at a distance of 0.55 LD / 0.00140 AU (209 437 km / 130 38 miles) at 20:42 UTC on November 1, 2019. The asteroid was first observed at Mt. Lemmon Survey on October 29, 3 days after its close approach...

October 31, 2019

asteroid 2019 uo8

Three new asteroids detected within 1 lunar distance - 2019 UL3, 2019 UN8, 2019 UO8

Three new near-Earth asteroids designated 2019 UL3, 2019 UN8 and 2918 UO8, flew past Earth within 1 lunar distance on October 19, 23 and 25, respectively. All three of them were first observed at Mt. Lemmon Survey, Arizona. Their discovery pushed the total number of...

October 27, 2019

asteroid 2019 ub8

Asteroid 2019 UB8 to fly by Earth at 0.5 LD on October 29

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 UB8 will fly by Earth at a distance of 0.50 LD / 0.00127 AU (189 989 km / 118 053 miles) at 06:30 UTC on October 29, 2019. This is the 58th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year...

October 27, 2019

asteroid 2019 UG

Asteroids 2019 UU1 and UG flew past Earth within 1 lunar distance on October 18

Two newly discovered asteroids, designated 2019 UU1 and 2019 UG, flew past Earth on October 18, 2019, at a distance of 0.59 LD and 0.84 LD, respectively. Asteroid 2019 UU1 was first observed at Mt. Lemmon Survey, Arizona on October 19, 2019. The object flew past us...

October 21, 2019

asteroid 2019 td

Asteroid 2019 TD flew past Earth at 0.34 LD

An asteroid designated 2019 TD flew past Earth at a distance of 0.34 LD / 0.00087 AU (130 150 km / 80 871 miles) on September 29, 2019. This is the 11th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance in September and 52nd since the start of the year. 2019 TD...

October 03, 2019

asteroid 2019 te

Asteroid 2019 TE flew past Earth at 0.93 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 TE flew past Earth at a distance of 0.93 LD / 0.00238 AU (356 042 km / 221 234 miles) on September 28, 2019. This is the second known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance on September 28, the 10th in September...

October 02, 2019

asteroid 2019 sx8

Asteroid 2019 SX8 flew past Earth at 0.99 LD

Asteroid 2019 SX8 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.99 LD / 0.00255 AU (381 474 km / 237 037 miles) on September 28, 2019. This is now the 50th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and the 9th in September. 2019 SX8...

October 01, 2019

asteroid 2019 sp3

Asteroid 2019 SP3 to flyby Earth at 0.97 LD on October 3

Asteroid 2019 SP3 is expected to flyby Earth at 0.97 LD / 0.00248 AU (371 002 km / 230 530 miles) on October 3, 2019. With 2019 SP3, the total number of known 1 LD asteroid flybys in 2019 rose to 48. The object belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids and has an...

September 27, 2019

asteroid 2019 ss3

Asteroid 2019 SS3 flew past Earth at 0.73 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 SS3 flew past Earth at 0.73 LD / 0.00188 AU (281 243 km / 174 756 miles) on September 22, 2019. This is the 47th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year. The object was first...

September 26, 2019

asteroid 2019 qq3

Asteroid 2019 QQ3 flew past Earth at 0.25 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 QQ3 flew past Earth at 0.25 LD / 0.00064 AU (95 724 km / 59 491 miles) on August 26, 2019. This is the 38th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and the 4th this month. The...

August 29, 2019

asteroid 2019 qh2

Asteroid 2019 QH2 flew past Earth at 0.13 LD - fourth closest of the year

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 QH2 flew past Earth at 0.13 LD / 0.00033 AU (49 367 km / 30 675 miles) on August 20, 2019. This is the 37th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and the fourth closest after...

August 28, 2019

asteroid 2019 qb1

Asteroid 2019 QB1 flew past Earth at 0.32 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 QB1 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.32 LD / 0.00083 AU (124 166 km / 77 153 miles) on August 22, 2019. This is the 36th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year, the second this...

August 24, 2019