Thursday, May 17, 2012

Asteroid 2012 KA To Buzz Earth On May 17

On the heels of a bus-sized asteroid that passed harmlessly between Earth and the orbit of the Moon on May 13, another asteroid between 4.5 and 10 meters (14-33 feet) wide will buzz by at about the same distance on May 17, 2012. Asteroid 2012 KA was discovered just today (May 16), and is projected to make its closest approach about 0.0015 AU, or 224,397 kilometers (134,933 miles, .6 lunar distances) from Earth’s surface at 19:43 UTC on Thursday. The asteroid was discovered by the Mt. Lemmon Observatory, and at the time of this writing, is the only observatory that has made any observations.
Read the full article by Nancy Atkinson, published at Universe Today .

Link to NASA about 2012 KA: JPL Small-Body Database Browser

NEOs May-July 2012 & 2012 KA

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