Car-sized asteroid gives Earth a close shave in near-miss flyby (video, photo)

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A small asteroid flew very close to Earth Tuesday morning (May 14), just two days after it was discovered by astronomers.


The asteroid 2024 JN16 is less than 15 feet (4 meters) wide — about the size of a car. It did not hit Earth but came within a mere 11,500 miles (18,500 kilometers) of our planet’s surface when it zipped by at 5:50 a.m. EDT (0950 GMT) on Tuesday, according to The Virtual Telescope Project

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