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VIDEO | City Block-Size Asteroid Zips by Earth as Scientists Watch


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City Block-Size Asteroid Zips by Earth as Scientists Watch

By Mike Wall
SPACE.com
6-14-12

     A newly discovered asteroid the size of a city block cruised past Earth well beyond the orbit of the moon Thursday night (June 14), providing a rare treat for scientists and telescope-equipped observers.

The 1,650-foot-wide (500-meter) near-Earth asteroid 2012 LZ1 came within 3.3 million miles (5.3 million kilometers) of our planet during its closest approach at 8 p.m. EDT Thursday (0000 GMT Friday). . . .
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