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Heads up! Small asteroid to pass very close on Monday – EarthSky

Small asteroid 2021 GW4 will pass extremely close to Earth on Monday, April 12, 2021. It’ll pass just 12,313 miles (19,816 km) from Earth’s surface, or about 5%…



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Small asteroid 2021 GW4’s orbital trajectory is depicted in white; Earth’s orbit is depicted in blue. Image via NASA/ JPL.
A recently detected space rock will pass by our planet on Monday, April 12, 2021. It’ll come extremely close, far closer than geostationary satellites orbiting some 22,000 miles (35,786 km) above Earth. The small asteroid has been designated as 2021 GW4. It is estimated to be about 16 feet (5 meters) in diameter. It’s a small space rock, and there’s no risk of impact, astronomers…

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