A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2021 JQ2 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.17 LD / 0.00045 AU (67 320 km / 41 830 miles) at 10:47 UTC on May 8, 2021. This is the 55th known asteroid to fly by Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year.
The object was first observed at Mt. Lemmon Survey, Arizona on May 7, one day before its close approach.
2021 JQ2 belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids and has an estimated diameter between 2.7 and 6 m (8.8 - 19.7 feet).
NASA's recent Asteroid Impact Exercise Indicates that an asteroid heading for Earth cannot be stopped. Watch Video