Monday, June 10, 2013

Recently Discovered Asteroid Zips Between Earth & Moon

PASADENA, California -- While many were sleeping on the U.S. east coast, a small asteroid named 2013 LR6 passed between the Earth and the Moon  last  Saturday morning on June 8th at 12:42 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

NASA said in a press release that the asteroid, which is about 30 feet (10 meters) in diameter, wasn't discovered by the space agency until June 6 by the Catalina Sky Survey.

2013 LR6 made its closest approach above the Southern Ocean, south of Tasmania, at a distance of about 65,000 miles (105,000 kilometers) above Earth's surface. 


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Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.