Early this week, an asteroid flew right by the Earth, but didn’t hit us. How common is it for objects to fly this close to Earth? Turns out, it’s a lot more common than you’d think.
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Near Earth Object Program
Asteroid to Fly By Earth Safely on January 26
“An asteroid, designated 2004 BL86, will safely pass about three times the distance of Earth to the moon on January 26.”
Potentially Hazardous Asteroids – Early 2013
“This graphic shows the orbits of all the known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs), numbering over 1,400 as of early 2013.”
“Lincoln Near Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) is an MIT Lincoln Laboratory program funded by the United States Air Force and NASA.”
Hunting Asteroids From Your Backyard
“You can discover an asteroid tonight. Digital technology and the CCD revolution have given amateurs the ability to do it.”
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