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Asteroid the size of a small truck buzzes past Earth: Nasa

Published on Jun 8, 2013 10:32 PM

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - An asteroid the size of a small truck zoomed past Earth four times closer than the moon on Saturday, the latest in a parade of visiting celestial objects that has raised the awareness of potentially hazardous impacts on the planet.

The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) said Asteroid 2013 LR6 was discovered about a day before its closest approach to Earth, which occurred at 12.42am Eastern Daylight Time (12.42pm Singapore time) about 105,000km over the Southern Ocean, south of Tasmania, Australia.

The 10m-wide asteroid posed no threat.

A week ago, the comparatively huge 2.7km-wide asteroid QE2, complete with its own moon in tow, passed 5.8 million km from Earth.

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