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originally posted by: Flavian
originally posted by: Lagomorphe
originally posted by: a325nt
a reply to: Lagomorphe
IMO it's not dangerously close until it skims atmo.
Imagine if that bugger skimmed your head..!
Does it count as a full proper skim if it doesn't complete 2 full skims off the surface? I'm sure the World Stone Skimming Association will have some guidelines on this.......
Asteroid 2018 VX1 is the smallest of the three asteroids but will also come closest to the planet – closer than the Moon. At about 6.21pm GMT, Asteroid VX1 will close the distance between itself and the Earth to 0.99 LD or 0.00255au.
Note that a ‘close’ passage astronomically can be very far away in human terms NASA This is the equivalent of just 237,037 miles (381,474 km). In astronomical terms, this is an incredibly close brush and warrants interest from NASA’s asteroid trackers.