Phew! Asteroid the size of a bus came closer to the Earth than the moon last night

An asteroid as big as a bus came closer to Earth than the moon last night.

The object, dubbed 2017 FJ101, zoomed passed within 202,000 miles (325,087 km) of our planet.

But the near-Earth asteroid posed no threat to our planet or the moon, scientists said.

            An asteroid as big as a bus came closer to Earth than the moon last night. The object, dubbed 2017 FJ101, zoomed passed within 202,000 miles (325,087 km) of our planet (stock image)

An asteroid as big as a bus came closer to Earth than the moon last night. The object, dubbed 2017 FJ101, zoomed passed within 202,000 miles (325,087 km) of our planet (stock image)

The asteroid, which is 26ft (eight metres) wide, was first spotted by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope located on the summit of the Haleakalā volcano on Maui, Hawaii on March 25.

On average, the moon orbits around 238,855 miles (384,400km) away from our planet.

But the bus-sized object came around 36,8555 miles closer to the Earth than the moon last night.

For years scientists have been trying to work out how to deal with the threat of an asteroid, which could hit us with little or no warning.

Now the White House has released an official document describing the plan if a meteor or asteroid was to head our way, and it shows we are under-prepared.

Source:http://www.dailymail.co.uk

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