Asteroid 2000 EM26 makes closest approach to Earth today

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Asteroid 2000 EM26, discovered 14 years ago (as the name indicates), will be making its closest approach to Earth today at a distance of 2.7 million km. That's not extremely close as far as the encounters go that usually make the news (though is it much closer than most of the asteroids on this list), but this asteroid is fairly large at 120 to 270 m in diameter, making it newsworthy enough for SLOOH to observe it. It is of course notable as a potentially hazardous asteroid, making further refined observations of its orbit a necessity.

Keep an eye on the Wikipedia page over the next few days as well to see if changes are made, images added, etc.


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