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Close Call!

An asteroid the size of a city bus had a close call with earth on June 27th. The flyby was so close that it came nearer to us than some satellites are., Tariq Malik reports that the arriving space rock came closest to earth just after 1 pm Eastern Time, when it came within 7,500 miles of hitting us. Astronomers saw it coming on June 22, but didn't feel the need to warn us because they were certain it wouldn't impact.

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The sobering reality is that this object was not seen until June 22nd and made its flyby just a few days later. We really need a better early warning system. If it had turned out to be an earth impactor, we would not have had enough time to prepare, especially if it was going to hit in an ocean near a heavily populated coast.
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