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A newly found asteroid will pass by Earth at about the distance of the moon's orbit, with its closest approach coming at 2:35 a.m. ET (7:35 a.m. UTC) Monday.
Named 2013 EC, the asteroid is roughly the size of the space rock that exploded over Russia two and a half weeks ago, measuring somewhere between 10 and 17 meters (33 to 55 feet) wide. The asteroid that sparked the Russian meteor is estimated to have been about 17 meters wide when it entered Earth’s atmosphere.
The asteroid is due to come within 246,000 miles (396,000 kilometers) from Earth. In comparison, the moon's distance from Earth varies between 225,622 and 252,088 miles (363,104 to 406,696 kilometers).
Originally posted by teslahowitzer
Hi Wrabbit, always read your replies and posts, yes, they are watching the skies closely, My college friend works at the hro in Arizona, went from 44 hours per week to 60, They are serious. You would have to have a huge scope to see this new one, @17m, your position and direction would have to be almost perfect. I believe we will see more of this and come November, maybe another light and pyro show. Stay tuned....
Originally posted by wildespace
What's interesting is that they spotted this rock in advance, but couldn't spot the Russian one. Perhaps it's because the Russian one was a secret military test by the USA!