A newly discovered asteroid named 2017 EA flew past Earth at an extremely close distance of 0.05 LD (19 200 km / 11 930 miles) from the surface of our planet at 14:05 UTC on March 2, 2017. This is the 7th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since January 9, 2017.
2017 EA has an estimated diameter between 2 and 4.4 m (6.5 to 14.4 feet) and belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids. It was first observed at Catalina Sky Survey just a couple of hours before its close approach.
It flew past Earth at 14:05 UTC today at a speed (relative to the Earth) of 18.43 km/s.
This is the 7th, and the closest, known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since January 9, 2017:
Asteroid 2017 BS32 – Distance: at 0.41 LD – February 2
Asteroid 2017 BH30 – Distance: 0.17 LD – January 30
Asteroid 2017 BX – Distance: 0.68 LD – January 25
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