An asteroid the size of a pickup truck skimmed Earth’s atmosphere Friday, setting the record for the closest one in history to buzz the planet without actually striking it.
NASA’s Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System tweeted Monday that the asteroid, which zoomed within 240 miles of Earth’s surface, measured between 16 feet and 32 feet.
NASA declined to deem the near-miss “potentially hazardous” on its approach, however, because near-Earth objects typically measuring fewer than 460 feet in diameter are not considered a threat, the Miami Herald reported.
2020 QG, a similar-sized asteroid, flew within 2,000 miles of Earth in August, setting the prior record for closest proximity of a near-Earth object to the planet’s surface, Fox News reported.
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