Battered Asteroid a Survivor From Solar System's BirthCredit: ESA Full StoryThe asteroid Lutetia at closest approach as seen by Europe's Rosetta spacecraft in July 2010._________________________________________________________________________
Asteroid to Pass Extremely Close By Earth On Monday
by Joe Rao, SPACE.com Skywatching Columnist
June 25, 2011
Trajectory of asteroid 2011 MD during its June 27, 2011 flyby from the general direction of the sun.
Here's something to dwell on as you head to work next week: A small asteroid the size of a tour bus will make an extremely close pass by the Earth on Monday, but it poses no threat to the planet
The asteroid will make its closest approach at 1:14 p.m. EDT (1714 GMT) on June 27 and will pass just over 7,500 miles (12,000 kilometers) above the Earth's surface, NASA officials say. At that particular moment, the asteroid — which scientists have named 2011 MD — will be sailing high off the coast of Antarctica, almost 2,000 miles (3,218 km) south-southwest of South Africa.
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