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.

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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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