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A newly discovered asteroid named 2017 DR34 will make a very close approach to Earth, passing only 0.57 LD (218 880 km / 136 005 miles) from the surface of our planet on February 25, 2017. This is the second near-Earth asteroid to flyby within 1 lunar distance since February 23, and the sixth since January 9, 2017.

Asteroid 2017 DR34 has an estimated diameter between 2 and 8 m (6.5 - 26.2 feet) and it belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids.

It will make its closest approach to our planet at 04:52 UTC on February 25 and flyby at a speed (relative to the Earth) of 11.41 km/s.




This is the second known near-Earth asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since 2017 DG16 on February 23, 2017.

It is also the sixth NEA to flyby within 1 LD since 2017 AG13 on January 9 and the seventh since November 25, 2016. 

Find them all in our Near-Earth Objects category.



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