15-meter asteroid missed the Earth

Last weekend, the inhabitants of the Earth could enjoy Perseids - the brightest meteor shower of the year. At the peak, in the sky one could see 110 - 120 shooting stars per hour. They are generated by a trail of tiny dust particles released by the Swift-Tuttle comet. When injected into the earth's atmosphere, dust particles burn down, forming characteristic fiery traces.
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But these days a much larger object, whose diameter is estimated at 15 m, passed near the Earth. Speech about asteroid 2018 PD20. It was discovered by astronomers after its closest approach to the Earth. According to the electronic circular of the Center of Small Planets, on August 10 the asteroid flew at a distance of only 35 thousand km from the Earth. It is closer than the orbits of geostationary satellites.

Newly discovered 15-meter asteroid, 2018 PD20, made on the distance of only 0.09 Lunar Distance, or 35,000 km. pic.twitter.com/y77lLmi3Hs

- Rocket Ron? (@RonBaalke) August 13, 2018. Asteroids like 2018 PD20 are on the border separating objects that will collapse in the earth's atmosphere at high altitude, and bodies that can reach the surface and cause significant damage.For comparison, the diameter of the Chelyabinsk meteorite is estimated at 17 - 18 m.

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