Asteroid passes between the Earth and moon today

Asteroid 2013 EC passes between Earth and moonRemember that asteroid that entered Earth’s atmosphere and exploded over Russia two and a half weeks ago?

An asteroid around that same size passed just inside the moon’s orbit of Earth earlier this morning — and astronomers only discovered it two days ago.

Yikes.

The Asteroid, creatively named “2013 EC”, is between 10 and 17 meters wide and passed just inside the moon’s orbit of Earth at 7:35am UTC (which is about 3:30am for the Eastern coast of the United States).

2013 EC was discovered by the Mt. Lemmon Observatory of Arizona on March 2nd.

I’m glad the asteroid wasn’t on a collision course with Earth, because that’s not much lead time to take action.

Check out the webcast that originally Gianluca Masi from the Virtual Telescope Project had a live view of the asteroid when it was about twice the distance of the Moon. (Images of the asteroid starts around 31:00.)

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