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September 2014: Asteroid Discovered Just Days Ago Will Approach Closer Than The Moon This Weekend


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Asteroid 2014 RC — nicknamed Pitbull — will be making its closest approach to Earth on Sunday, September 7. This 20-meter-wide asteroid will be passing just 40,000 kilometers (25,000 miles) away, which is roughly a tenth of the average distance to the moon. Two observatories independently observed the asteroid just days ago during Labor Day weekend. 

Best Reddit comment: "Let's not forget that you can fit all of the planets in our solar system between Earth and our moon."

More Reddit comments:

http://reddit.com/r/science/comments/2fnlc9/asteroid_discovered_just_days_ago_will_approach/

It's not going to impact Earth but:

This one is about the same size as the one that hit in Chelyabinsk, Russia (20m) and that one had kinetic energy that was 20-30 times the amount of the atomic bomb dropped in Hiroshima. I'd say that could potentially cause a fair amount of damage

It's amazing that they only just discovered this asteroid now. Haven't they been paying attention??

Worse, what if there was no way to know?!

Well then we aren't as far advanced as we think we are. 

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