September 8th, 2010
10:02 AM ET

Asteroid narrowly misses Earth

A small asteroid passed within the moon's distance from the Earth on Wednesday morning, and another will do likewise later in the day, space watchers say.

The objects don't pose a threat to Earth, and they will not be visible to the naked eye, said Donald Yeomans, manager of NASA's Near Earth Program, which tracks potentially hazardous asteroids and comets within 28 million miles of Earth.

Near-Earth asteroid 2010 RX30, which is estimated to be 32 to 65 feet in diameter, passed within 154,000 miles of Earth at 5:51 a.m. ET Wednesday, the website confirmed.

The second object, 2010 RF12, estimated to be 20 to 46 feet in diameter, will pass within 49,088 miles of Earth at 5:12 pm ET.


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  1. ::: for CNN :::

    HOW we can send in space the hardware and astronauts to STOP a small asteroid in route to Earth after the Shuttle retirement????????????
    >>> why NASA can't rely on "commercial space" >>>

    September 9, 2010 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
    • mota

      We still have unmanned launch vehicles (Atlas, Delta, et. al) that can launch payloads more efficiently to escape velocity in order to intercept asteroids. However, simply blowing up an asteroid Hollywood style would simply spread out the threat, making many more objects that would enter the atmosphere.

      September 9, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. lary

    i myself think its an awsome thing im bummed out that i cant see them it would be nice

    September 9, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mask2697

    I wish it was visible it makes a cool shooting star if it hits teh earth and doesnt kill anyone

    October 6, 2010 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |