Asteroid "2011 MD" Barely Misses Contact With Earth (VIDEO)

Asteroid "2011 MD" Barely Misses Contact With Earth (VIDEO)

Asteroid "2011 MD" Barely Misses Contact With Earth (VIDEO)

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June 27 2011 1:23 PM

Asteroid "2011 MD" Barely Misses Contact With Earth (VIDEO)

A near-miss asteroid has the Twitterverse wondering: Just how close will it come to hitting Earth? Designated "2011 MD," the space rock was first detected on June 22 by LINEAR—MIT's Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research center—and will miss the planet by just 7,500 miles.

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The asteroid is believed to be between 8 and 18 meters, about the size of a small house, and will next approach us in 2022. But even if our orbits intersect, it's likely to explode in our upper atmosphere, doing relatively little damage.

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