Two small asteroids buzz Earth in one-two punch
2, June, Fox News
Two small asteroids zipped close by Earth in back-to-back flybys of
the planet Monday (May 28) and Tuesday. While both space rocks came well
within the moon's orbit, they posed no danger to our planet, NASA
The newfound asteroid 2012 KP24 zoomed by Earth Monday (May 28),
coming within 32,000 miles (51,000 kilometers) on its closest approach,
according to astronomers at NASA's Asteroid Watch at the agency's Jet
Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
"We'll have a close but very safe pass of asteroid 2012 KP24 May 28,"
scientists with NASA's Asteroid Watch program assured via Twitter.
Asteroid Watch is part of the Near-Earth Object Office at NASA's Jet
Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. The NEO office oversees the
agency's efforts to detect, track and characterize potentially dangerous
asteroids or comets that could zoom close to Earth.The recently
discovered asteroid 2012 KP24 measures approximately 69 feet (21 meters)
across and did not pose any threat to Earth during its flyby, NASA
But this space rock is not the only one that paid a close visit to
our planet this week.
Another small asteroid, called 2012 KT42, flew past Earth early today
(May 29). The asteroid came within 8,950 miles (14,400 km) on its
closest approach, which easily fits between the Earth and moon's orbit.
For comparison, the moon typically circles Earth at a distance of
about 240,000 miles (386,000 km).While asteroid 2012 KT42 was only
discovered yesterday, the space rock did not pose any impact threat
Earth when it made its closest approach at 3:07 a.m. EDT (0707 GMT),
NASA scientists said.