[QODLink]
Americas

Massive asteroid misses Earth by 'whisker'

Asteroid with a diameter of 2.7km came within a few million miles of Earth.

Last Modified: 01 Jun 2013 11:12
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
The QE2 1998 was many times larger than the one that blasted over Russia in February

A massive asteroid with a diameter of 2.7km had a 'close shave' with Earth.

The QE2 1998 flew past the planet at a distance of about 5.8 million kilometres, or 15 times the distance of the moon - a relatively short distance in cosmic terms.

The asteroid is significantly bigger than the one that blasted over Russia in February.

Al Jazeera's Gerald Tan reports.

64

Source:
Al Jazeera
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
Featured on Al Jazeera
As Western stars re-release 1980s charity hit, many Africans say it's a demeaning relic that can do more harm than good.
At least 25 tax collectors have been killed since 2012 in Mogadishu, a city awash in weapons and abject poverty.
Tokyo government claims its homeless population has hit a record low, but analysts - and the homeless - beg to differ.
3D printers can cheaply construct homes and could soon be deployed to help victims of catastrophe rebuild their lives.
Featured
Pro-Russia leaders' election in Ukraine's east shows bloody conflict is far from a peaceful resolution.
Critics challenge Canberra's move to refuse visas for West Africans in Ebola-besieged countries.
A key issue for Hispanics is the estimated 11.3 million immigrants in the US without papers who face deportation.
In 1970, only two mosques existed in the country, but now more than 200 offer sanctuary to Japan's Muslims.
Hundreds of the country's reporters eke out a living by finding news - then burying it for a price.