[slightly OT] Small Asteroid To Buzz Earth

From: Mark Robinson (mark@zl2tod.net)
Date: Mon Mar 02 2009 - 00:10:20 UTC

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    Space Rock 2009 DD45 Buzzes Earth
    Late word out of the IAU's Minor Planet Center: a small asteroid will pass 
    close to Earth tomorrow (March 2nd) at 13:44 Universal Time. How close? The 
    MPC's Timothy Spahr calculates that it'll be 0.00047 astronomical unit from 
    Earth's center. That's only about 40,000 miles (63,500 km) up — well inside the 
    Moon's orbit and roughly twice the altitude of most communications satellites!
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