A Recent History of Asteroids Nearly Destroying Earth

2011 CQ1

Date: 2/4/2011

This asteroid was discovered by Richard A Kowalski at the Catalina Sky Survey, measured in at 1.2 meters wide and zipped within 3,400 miles of us. Recognized as a part of the Apollo-class orbit, Don Yeomans of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory reported the CQ1 of being so close to the Earth's surface that it's path curved 60 degrees-making it the biggest orbital change ever recorded. "We'll probably never be close enough to it again to be able to pick its dim light out from the background of stars," said Emily Lakdawalla of the Planetary Society. Well, that's reassuring.

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