Asteroid news: ‘Near-Earth’ rock just came closer than the Moon

At the end of August, asteroid 2020 QG, which is roughly the same size as a car, came within just 2,000 miles of our planet, making it the closest passing asteroid that experts are aware of.

However, it was not until it had made its way past Earth that experts became aware of it.

Paul Chodas, the director of NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies, told Business Insider: “The asteroid approached undetected from the direction of the sun. We didn’t see it coming.

“Yesterday’s close approach is closest on record, if you discount a few known asteroids that have actually impacted our planet.”

As it made its way by our planet, it got tugged by Earth’s gravitational pull. According to NASA, the asteroid’s trajectory changed by 45 degrees, meaning its journey through the cosmos has been changed for good.

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