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Space

Close Approach By Asteroid 2012 BX34 55

An anonymous reader writes with news that asteroid 2012 BX34, 11 meters wide, is in the process of passing within 60,000km of Earth — about a fifth of the distance between the Earth and the Moon. At that size, the asteroid would pose no danger even if it hit the Earth's atmosphere.
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Close Approach By Asteroid 2012 BX34

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  • by AdrianKemp ( 1988748 ) on Friday January 27, 2012 @01:48PM (#38841837)

    You might not find it interesting, but I do.

    Just because it isn't software or hardware doesn't mean it isn't fitting for a nerd-news site. It's appropriately listed under Science and is a very interesting event. A small (seriously, 11 metres) object coming very close to Earth poses an interesting test of our local space awareness. If we can detect these things sooner and more accurately this is exactly the sort of thing that would be a candidate for capture once we have a proper space presence.

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