A small asteroid’s orbit is changed forever after super close Earth flyby

A Hungarian astronomer who had discovered a small asteroid just hours before it hit Earth earlier this month nearly scored a second lucky strike spotting another space rock that appeared on a collision course with the planet. This time, however, the body missed Earth by just a few thousand miles.

Krisztián Sárneczky, an astronomer at the Konkoly Observatory near Budapest in Hungary, spotted the asteroidabout 6.6 to 14 feet (2 to 4 meters) in size, according to EarthSkyon Thursday (March 25) night, as it was hurtling toward Earth. Since then named 2022 FD1, the asteroid passed through the planet’s shadow above the Pacific Ocean a few hours later, on Friday (March 26) at 3:10 am EDT (0810 GMT).

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