QT Planetary Defense Coordination Office


News Headline:
“Massive asteroid will pass closer to Earth than the moon, NASA warns.”
That would be Asteroid 2019 GC6.
It is passing today.
But let’s not be carried away.
The last time an asteroid passed between Earth and the moon was almost six days ago.
And that asteroid was the first to pass between Earth and the moon in 12 days before that.
And nothing–not a single asteroid passing between Earth and the moon–for three days before that.
So can we stop it with the scare headlines?

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