The US Aeronautics and Space Administration “NASA” spotted a small planet the size of a four-wheel drive car, which set a new record for the closest planet approaching Earth without causing damage to the Earth, as it passed 2,950 km over the southern Indian Ocean last Sunday.
“It’s great to see a small planet getting so close, given that we can see the Earth’s gravity deviate dramatically from its path,” said Paul Chodas, director of the Near-Earth Object Studies Center at NASA’s “Jet Propulsion” laboratory in Southern California.
“Our calculations show that this asteroid has rotated 45 degrees or so, while it was swinging near our planet.”
“The asteroid QG 2020 has a diameter between 3 and 6 meters, which makes it very small, according to asteroid standards. Space rocks of this size approach the Earth several times a year, but few of them can be detected due to their size and speed,” NASA said.
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