Asteroid Flyby Updates

NASA and partners have made some improvements on radar imagery of the asteroid 1998 QE2 and its moon. The original image was taken on June 1, 2013 when 1998 QE2 was 3.75 million miles or 6 million km from Earth.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/GSSR

Just this morning at 04:42 UTC a smaller asteriod buzzed by Earth at about 65,000 miles / 105,000 km. This asteroid named 2013 LR6 was discovered just hours before on June 6, 2013 by the Catalina Sky Survey. 2013 LR6 30 ft or 10 meter asteroid has an orbital period of about 2.7 years.

Orbital Diagrams:

1998 QE2
2013 LR6

More about these on JPL’s Asteroid Watch

If it seems we are hearing more about asteroid flybys, we are, thankfully are looking harder.

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