Closest shave with an asteroid for earth
In a closest pass in history, an asteroid passed Earth this week at a distance of about 144,000 kilometers.
The asteroid called 2020 FL2 flew past Earth on March 23, according to the International Asteroid Warning Network and the Minor Planet Center under the International Astronomical Union.
Researchers at the Purple Mountain Observatory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences discovered the asteroid on March 19 and reported it to the MPC. As of March 22, the object had been spotted by 15 international observation stations.
The newly discovered minor planet belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids and has an estimated diameter of about 20 meters, also the smallest near-Earth object spotted by telescope.
This is the second asteroid discovered by the observatory this month that has flown by Earth. On March 15, another asteroid made its way past Earth at 4:17am, at a distance of 328,000km.