by Staff Writers
Milan, Italy (UPI) Apr 25, 2013
An Italian astronomer says new data suggest an asteroid 65 feet in diameter could pass dangerously close to Earth's surface in 13 years.
Francesco Manca of the Sormano Astronomical Observatory near Milan, Italy, said the April 14, 2026, flyby of the asteroid 2013 GM3 could bring it within 5,300 miles of Earth, RIA Novosti reported Thursday.
The asteroid was discovered in mid-April by researchers an observatory in Arizona, but preliminary calculation by NASA suggested it would pass 24,000 miles from Earth.
More observations are needed to better determine the asteroid's trajectory, Manca said.
The asteroid is comparable in size to the meteorite that exploded in the air over the city of Chelyabinsk in the Urals in mid-February, injuring about 1,500 people when windows shattered in the shockwave from the meteorite's passing.
Asteroid and Comet Mission News, Science and Technology
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement|