Small asteroid comes less than 250 miles from Earth, making it the closest-known space rock to fly past our planet without hitting it

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Pickup truck-sized asteroid came less than 250 miles from hitting Earth
Pickup truck-sized asteroid came less than 250 miles from hitting Earth. Picture: Pixabay

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.

An asteroid strike is not something to be taken lightly and is perhaps Earth’s biggest threat. More space news on Fox News, Strange Sounds and Steve Quayle.

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  1. Well they are guided by ET from other space . They want our planet.
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  2. Space force should create an asteroid about the size of a Winnebago. Equip it with rocket engines, and deliver it to Wuhan— by air mail.

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