3 votes

Asteroid that came nearer to Earth than the moon (... but was only spotted two days before the close encounter)

A recently discovered asteroid gave Earth a close shave yesterday as it came within the moon's orbit.

The near-Earth asteroid 2012 XE54, which was only spotted for the first time on Sunday, came within 140,000 miles of our planet

The moon orbits at an average distance of 240,000 miles or so from the Earth.

Astronomers estimate that 2012 XE54 is about 120ft wide - big enough to cause substantial damage if it ever hits us.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2247037/3-mil...
Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook



Trending on the Web

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

Just found this on it if anyone is interested in watching a

predictive animation of future close calls. :)

It comes close to us in 2021 as well as really close in 2034.

http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=2012+XE54&orb=1

Patriot Cell #345,168
I don't respond to emails or pm's.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=qo8CmO...
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution, inevitable.

Almost there....

Dec. 21, 2012. Get ready!

I don't for one instant believe it wasn't seen. They just

didn't want to start a panic until they could say it wouldn't hit us, imho. There are TOO many eyes in the sky to miss it.

I remember in 2008 there was a portion of google sky blocked that later seemed to turn out to have been an asteroid.

Integrity means having to say things that people don't want to hear & especially to say things that the regime doesnt want to hear -RonPaul

Joη's picture

"I remember in 2008 there was a portion of google sky blocked

that later seemed to turn out to have been an asteroid."

what? You mean this, which was nothing?

"You underestimate the character of man." | "So be off now, and set about it." | Up for a game?

Just Shows

You can't trust NASA.

skippy