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A curious object is about to fly past Earth only 130,000 km (0.3 lunar distances) away. Catalogued as a 10m-class asteroid, 2010 AL30 has an orbital period of almost exactly 1 year.
M-type asteroids are asteroids of partially known composition; they are moderately bright (albedo 0.1–0.2). Some, but not all, are made of nickel-iron, either pure or mixed with small amounts of stone. These are thought to be pieces of the metallic core of differentiated asteroids that were fragmented by impacts, and are thought to be the source of iron meteorites. M-type asteroids are the third most common asteroid type
Originally posted by japhrimu
To the person who said something like, "Dude, it's a third, not 3/10ths, so we're safe." : Really? At first, I was like, "Wow! HUGE difference!" (sarcasm) But then I thought, maybe that smiley means he/she's joking. Were you being serious when you made that comparison? (Because in my mind, 3 1/3 percent is not that much of a difference. I'm giving you credit in faith that you were just joking.
Originally posted by Romanian
... Oh, do we have space junk that can be like 10 meters wide?
Originally posted by SeekerofTruth101
Dashing through the constellations of Orion, Taurus, and Pisces rules out the object of being terresterial origin such as boosters from rockets or space metallic junk, if indeed it does not show any characteristic of being meteorites or chunk of rock.