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Asteroid passes between Earth and moon

Truck-sized space rock sails harmlessly above the Atlantic

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An asteroid the size of a garbage truck sailed between the moon and Earth on Monday, passing harmlessly 12,000 kilometres over the Atlantic Ocean, according to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). The asteroid passed along the same trajectory predicted by scientists. According to the JPL, such an event occurs about once every six years. Even if the space rock, which measured between 5 and 20 metres in diameter, had entered the Earth’s atmosphere, a JPL spokesman said it would have likely burnt up and caused no damage.

Ottawa Citizen

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