An asteroid the size of a house passed by Earth at a distance of around 26,000 miles on Thursday, Oct. 12, according to NASA.
A small asteroid will safely fly by Earth on Oct 12. Our network of observatories & scientists will test tracking it https://t.co/8ISXusz06U pic.twitter.com/yafgR5LTE1— NASA (@NASA) October 11, 2017
“It's damn close," Rolf
The asteroid, dubbed 2012 TC4, is roughly 45 to 100 feet in size and is traveling at around 16,000 mph. NASA noted that the asteroid would not impact Earth, and the closest the rock came was when it passed over Antarctica at 1:42 a.m. ET on Thursday.
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NASA was using this opportunity to test how well its planetary defense system would work should an asteroid actually be on a collision course with Earth.
“Asteroid trackers are using this flyby to test the worldwide asteroid detection and tracking network, assessing our
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