Asteroid pases near Earth

Monday, June 27, 2011 - 4:34pm

EARTH (FOX44)— A newly discovered asteroid came within 7,500 miles of Earth this afternoon.

The asteroid, 2011 MD, passed by Earth at around noon on Monday. It was between fifteen and sixty feet in diameter. An event like this happens once every six years according to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

A smaller asteroid actually struck Earth back in 2008.

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