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Asteroid buzzed Earth this weekend, hours after discovery.

 
This weekend – November 14-15, 2015 – a small asteroid now labeled 2015 VY105 came closer to Earth than TV satellites orbit. It passed closest to Earth just hours after its discovery.
 
A small space rock discovered ...November 14 passed very close to Earth just hours after first being detected. Asteroid 2015 VY105 was moving at a speed of more than 39,000 miles per hour (62,000 km/h) when it passed over the Pacific Ocean on November 15, 2015 at 02:47 UTC (4:47 p.m. CST on November 14). At closest approach, it was just 21,000 miles (34,000 km) from Earth. That’s close, closer than weather and television satellites as well as other geostationary satellites, which orbit our planet at some 36,000 km (22,300 miles) above its surface.
 
The Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona was the first to observe asteroid 2015 VY105. The International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center announced its discovery. According to the Minor Planet Center, the space rock is an Apollo type, a class of asteroid that sometimes intercept Earth’s orbit.
 
Asteroid 2015 VY105 appears to range in size some 10 to 30 feet (3 to 9 meters).
 
Was Earth threatened? No. This was a very small asteroid, and if it had entered our atmosphere, most of it would have disintegrated due to air friction, causing quite an impressive meteor.
 

 

Better to be 'buzzed' by an asteroid than 'blasted' by a meteor.  

Remember the 10 ton meteor that blasted Russia back on Feb. 15th, 2013?

 

 

 


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That looks like the footage from the earlier meteor a while back.

 

The video is from February 15th, 2013. post-5984-0-81993300-1447707575.gif

 

Better to be 'buzzed' by an asteroid than 'blasted' by a meteor.  

Remember the 10 ton meteor that blasted Russia back on Feb. 15th, 2013?

 

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