Wednesday, May 30, 2012

2012 KT42 Asteroid narrowly misses Earth by a mere 8,900 miles

A 16-foot wide asteroid narrowly missed Earth by a mere 8,900 miles early Tuesday.

The chunk of space rock hurtled past our mortal coil at 38,000 miles per hour about 2am.

At its closest, it was about the same distance as a flight from New York City to New Zealand.

Scientists weren't worried, though. Asteroid 2012 KT42, as astronomers dubbed it, likely would have burned up in the planet's atmosphere before ever getting a chance to wreak havoc on the surface, according to Universe Today.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said the asteroid was the 6th-closest miss on record. Read More