Between the Earth and the Moon on January 25 flew an asteroid the size of a truck
The new near-Earth object was first spotted on Friday, January 20, 2017. Asteroid 2017 BX - as it was called - flying past us at a distance of about 260,000 kilometers from the Earth. The average distance from Earth to the moon is only a small 384 thousand kilometers.
The first information about the asteroid came from Slooh service that broadcasts video from space online. Later, the site launched a broadcast dedicated to asteroid 2017 BX. According Slooh and NASA experts, the near-Earth object 2017 BX like another asteroid 2017 AG13, which flew around the Earth 9 January 2017.
AG13 But if 2017 was the size of a ten-storey house, the new friend is much more modest in terms of size - only about fifteen meters, and it flew more slowly, at a speed of about 26,000 kilometers per hour. This asteroid is too sluggish and low, so it poses no threat to Earth, but the space "desyatietazhka" - this is no joke. Fortunately, she also flew past. However, fallen from the sky a stone the size of a truck precisely one would not pleased. At the moment, astronomers know of about fifteen thousand celestial objects flying towards the Earth. Many of them represent a certain danger to our planet.