Surprise Asteroid Passes Earth in Close Flyby

Discovered two days ago (likely due to its small size). Reports BBC News:

The asteroid, estimated to be about 11 m (36 ft) in diameter, was first detected on Wednesday. At its closest, the space rock — named 2012 BX34 — passed within about 60,000 km of Earth — less than a fifth of the distance to the Moon. Astronomers stressed that there had been no cause for concern. “It’s one of the closest approaches recorded,” said Gareth Williams, associate director of the US-based Minor Planet Center.

“It makes it in to the top 20 closest approaches, but it’s sufficiently far away …” he told the BBC. The asteroid’s path made it the closest space-rock to pass by the Earth since object 2011 MD in June 2011.

Here’s more from Space.com:

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  • Anarchy Pony

    Rock that size could do considerable damage to a city. Come on! Where’s our natural disaster for the ages? Supersonic rock from the sky!

  • Nunzio X

    If it ain’t a big-ass space-rock, it’s 7 billion people all wanting to drive Escalades and live in 8000 SF houses.

    One way or another, it looks like it’s gonna be “Adios, muthafuckahs!”

  • Haystack

    Also, the asteroid is named “Melancholia.”

  • GoodDoktorBad

    I finally flicked that booger off my finger. What a relief….

  • Loli

    suprise! you’re dead!