Small asteroid to fly past Earth: NASA

The asteroid, 2010 TD54, will fly past Earth within the Earth-Moon system.

Updated: Oct 12, 2010, 08:36 AM IST

Washington: A small asteroid will fly past Earth early Tuesday within the Earth-Moon system, but with no probability of impacting earth, NASA has said.

The asteroid, 2010 TD54, will have its closest approach to earth`s surface at an altitude of about 45,000 km at 6:50 am, Xinhua quoted NASA`s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) as saying on Monday.

At that time, the asteroid will be over southeastern Asia in the vicinity of Singapore, the JPL said.
A telescope of the NASA-sponsored Catalina Sky Survey north of Tucson, Arizona discovered 2010 TD54 on October 09 during routine monitoring of the skies.

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