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Asteroid due to speed past Earth today will come almost as close as the moon...

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Once again, an asteroid is programmed to fly "high-speed" from Earth, reaching a minimum distance of 487,000 km, which is slightly more than the moon's average orbit.

Asteroid 2019 UM12, measuring up to 69 meters (230 feet) in diameter and traveling at speeds above 30,700 mph, will come closer to us at 17:41 UTC on November 7. Discovered by NASA on October 24, the space rock has never passed this neck of the cosmic forest before and will probably never return.

Fortunately, people operating powerful telescopes did not need much alertness to capture 2019 UM12 in all its glory.

This picture shows the asteroid on its way to our backyard. The motion tracking technology used to get a decent picture of the asteroid has resulted in stars in the background extending over long trails, while the asteroid appears as a bright and singular point at a distance of approximately 1.15 million kilometers from Earth.

The asteroid measures about 3.7 times larger than the space rock that moved the earth half the lunar distance on November 4.

Also at rt.com
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