Asteroids and large meteors continue making close approaches to the Earth in 2019. Two newly discovered asteroids flew past the planet within a 24 hour period. On July 28th a space rock designated 2019 OD3 came within 117, 000 miles of Earth. It was first observed by the Atlas MLO in Mauna Loa, Hawaii just one day prior on July 27. It's estimated diameter was between 36 and 82 feet, and it was traveling at 40, 264 mph. This was the 33rd known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 LD since the start of the year and the 7th for the month of July.
Then on July 29th a space rock belong to the Apollo group of Asteroids designated 2019 ON3 flew past Earth at a distance of 131, 997 miles as observed by the Pan Starrs 2 telescope in Hawaii. Its estimated diameter was between 24 and 52 feet, and it was traveling at 31, 675 mph. This became the 34th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 LD since the start of the year and the 8th for the month of July.
n June, a “potentially hazardous” asteroid flew by Earth at a distance of 4.2 million miles. A month earlier, an asteroid so large that it had its own moon came hurtling towards Earth – but never got within five million miles of us.
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