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Sunday, June 26, 2011

FROM SPACE: Bus-sized asteroid to pass close to Earth on Monday!

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A view of the asteroid Eros. Asteroid 2011 MD is se to pass earth at a distance of 12,000 km on Monday. File photo
A view of the asteroid Eros. Asteroid 2011 MD is se to pass earth at a distance of 12,000 km on Monday. File photo - AP.

A newly-discovered asteroid at least the size of a bus and orbiting around the sun, will pass in close proximity to the Earth tomorrow.
The asteroid 2011 MD will pass only 12,000 kilometres (7,500 miles) above Earth’s surface at around 6.56 pm on Monday, Science Popularisation Association of Communicators and Educators Director C.B. Devgun said.
At closest approach, 2011 MD will pass in the day over the southern Atlantic Ocean near the coast of Antarctica. As the asteroid recedes from Earth, it will pass through the zone of geosynchronous satellites.
Measuring 10 metres, the asteroid for a brief time may be bright enough to be seen even with a modest-sized telescope, Mr. Devgun said.
The asteroid 2011 MD was recently discovered by a team of scientist in LINEAR Near-Earth Object Discovery Team scanning the sky from Socorro, New Mexico.

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