Asteroids whizz dangerously close to earth
According to AP a newly discovered small asteroid has harmlessly zipped close to Earth — just as scientists expected.
The 5m long space rock, discovered on Memorial Day, passed by early Tuesday at a distance of 14403.628 km from the Earth's surface. That’s approximately the distance from Cape Town to Cairo.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which tracks such flybys, said the asteroid — dubbed 2012 KT42 — was the sixth closest asteroid approach.
It was the second asteroid encounter this week. On Monday, another asteroid, measuring 21 metres across, flew by at a distance of 51499.008 km.