An asteroid, roughly the size of a Ford F-150, flew less than 250 miles away from Earth on Nov. 13 at 5:20 UTC.
Doing so, 2020 VT4 set a record for the closest-known asteroid to fly past the planet without hitting it.
The space rock is considered a Near-Earth Object (NEO) given its close proximity to Earth, but is not considered as a “potentially hazardous” NEO given its size (between 16 feet and 32 feet wide).
The dangerous NEOs (there are at least 18,000 right now, are defined as space objects that come within 0.05 astronomical units and measure more than 460 feet in diameter.
The previous record was set in August 2020, when another small asteroid, 2020 QG, flew within 2,000 miles of Earth.
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