An asteriod designated as 2011 MD will pass only 12,300 kilometers (7,600 miles) above the Earth’s surface, astronomer says.
2011 MD’s passing won’t mark the end of the excitement around near-Earth asteroids this year. An asteroid designated 2005 YU5 is 400-meters wide and expected to pass within the orbit of the Moon on November 8th. At least, that’s when the next known near-Earth asteroid is expected. There is always the possibility that LINEAR could detect another near-Earth asteroid before then and like 2011 MD we may not have a lot of lead time that it is coming.
|2011 MD on Monday, June 27, 2011 at 09:30 UTC. Credit: Ernesto Guido, Nick Howes and Giovanni Sostero at the Faulkes Telescope South|