Huge asteroid 2021 EQ3 zoomed safely past Earth – CNET

2021 EQ3 passed closest above us at roughly 9:45 p.m. PT, at a distance of around 173,000 miles (278,000 kilometers) — that’s 72% of the distance from the Earth to the moon.

This makes 2021 EQ3 the second largest object to come closer than the moon in 2021.

It’s also different than 2001 FO32, which is an absolute monster with a diameter around a mile. That asteroid passed by on March 21, but at a distance five times farther away than the moon.

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