Close call: When asteroids whisk past Earth

Close call: When asteroids whisk past EarthA peanut-shaped asteroid 1.3 kilometres (3,280 feet) across streaked past Earth on Wednesday, giving astronomers a rare chance to check out a big space rock up close. Dubbed 2014-JO25, the asteroid came nearest at 12:20 GMT and is now hurtling away from the centre of our solar system, said Ian Carnelli, an astronomer from the European Space Agency (ESA). “It does not represent a danger to our planet,” Carnelli told AFP, noting that the asteroid passed within 1.8 million kilometres (1.1 million miles) of Earth — about four times the distance to the moon.



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