This gives it the title as being the closest non-impact asteroid that’s ever been recorded. An asteroid the size of an SUV passed 1,830 miles (2,950 kilometers) above Earth, the closest asteroid ever observed passing by our planet, NASA said Tuesday. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory under NASA has revealed three dates when the Earth will experience five close approaches from 5 objects that are going to pass through Earth. Small asteroid becomes closest ever seen passing Earth: NASA An asteroid the size of an SUV passed 1,830 miles (2,950 kilometers) above Earth, the closest asteroid ever observed passing by … The asteroid, called ZTF0DxQ or 2020 QG, passed by us on Sunday, August 16th at an extremely close distance of just 1,830 miles away. Based on its size, it probably wouldn’t have caused any major damage to our planet or the current population as it more than likely would have exploded in our atmosphere, causing a large fireball in the sky. NY 10036. View: The object is about the size of a compact car, perhaps about 10 to 20 feet (3 to 6 meters) in diameter. "We didn't see it coming. Tags asteroid Earth jet propulsion laboratory nasa near earth asteroids space. But NASA is currently working on a space telescope with an infrared camera called the Near-Earth Object Surveillance Mission that would be able to detect asteroids coming from the direction of the sun that could be launched as early as 2025. She has a fascination with the paranormal and ghost stories, especially those that included haunted houses. Thank you for signing up to Space. 2020 QG. A newly discovered car-sized asteroid just made the closest-known flyby to Earth without hitting our planet. According to observations, the asteroid flew over the Southern Hemisphere a little after 4:00 a.m. Universal Time (or midnight EST) on Sunday morning. You will receive a verification email shortly. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom and on Facebook. It zoomed by at just 1,830 miles (2,950 kilometers) away. Would be cool to see one cut it that close (but no closer). Receive mail from us on behalf of our trusted partners or sponsors? She has written articles for several online websites, and had an article published in a Canadian magazine on the most haunted locations in Atlantic Canada. Jocelyne LeBlanc August 20, 2020 An asteroid the size of a car zoomed by Earth this past weekend and it was the closest fly-by without hitting our planet. The close flyby was also a fast one, as 2020 QG swooped near Earth at a blistering 27,600 mph (44,400 kph). Future US, Inc. 11 West 42nd Street, 15th Floor, Earth-grazing meteors are well documented, and are surely "space rocks". Earth being about 4000 mi in radious. Our image of the day, Effect predicted by Albert Einstein spotted in a double-star system, New Hummer EV was GM's 'moonshot,' features nods to Apollo 11. The asteroid was first recorded six hours after its approach by the Zwicky Transient Facility, a telescope at the Palomar Observatory at the California Institute of Technology, as a long trail of light in the sky. ", Related: Famous asteroid flybys and close calls (infographic), "Yesterday's close approach is [the] closest on record," Chodas told Business Insider. Small asteroid becomes closest ever seen passing Earth: NASA. The car-sized asteroid 2020 QG made the closest Earth flyby ever recorded on Aug. 16, 2020. The article title sounds cool, but is inaccurate. And if you have a news tip, correction or comment, let us know at: But they're difficult to record, unless they're heading directly towards the planet, in which case the explosion in the atmosphere is usually noticed -- as in Chelyabinsk, Russia in 2013, when the explosion of an object about 66 feet long shattered windows for miles, injuring a thousand people. On This Day in Space: Oct. 27, 1961: NASA launches 1st Saturn rocket test flight. There was a problem. The asteroid, named Asteroid 2018 GE3, was closest to Earth at around 2.41 a.m. "If you discount a few known asteroids that have actually impacted our planet.". Related: Potentially dangerous asteroids (images), The flyby wasn't expected and took many by surprise. It's the closest known, non-impacting asteroid, NASA officials told, Video: See asteroid 2020 QG's orbit around the sun! The car-sized asteroid 2020 QG made the closest Earth flyby ever recorded on Aug. 16, 2020. Email Chelsea Gohd at or follow her on Twitter @chelsea_gohd.

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