Old 31st March 2009, 21:04   #1
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Another asteroid close miss tonight

Today at 23:58 UT asteroid labeled as 2009 FP will pass the Earth at a distance of about 0.003AU which roughly represents 1.2. The comfortable separation of 445,000 km is not a "hair" per se, nevertheless it is quite close by space standards.

This Near Earth Object (NEO) was discovered at 05:46 UT on March 29 by Mount Lemmon Survey (MLS) in Arizona, one of the three facilities of the Catalina Sky Survey. The probability of impacting the Earth is only 1 in 133,000. The asteroid has a diameter of approximately 10 meters and poses no risk to anyone as it would certainly break up in the Earth's atmosphere and rain down only a few small fragments (meteorites).

See the summary of recent close misses and "hits" here
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