Strange 'Equal Mass' Binary Asteroid Found Near Earth

Observations from three major world observatories confirm that a very rare binary asteroid came within a cosmic whisker of Earth. On June 21, 2017, the near-Earth asteroid 2017 YE5 (actually two asteroids 3,000 ft (900 m) in diameter orbiting one another) passed within 3.7 million (6 million km) of our planet for the first time in 170 years before heading out into deep space... Continue Reading Rare double asteroid scoots by Earth Category: Space Tags: Asteroid NASA Related Articles: First international asteroid tracking exercise proves a success NASA releases US asteroid strike preparedness plan Asteroid's close encounter puts global tracking network to the test ESA wants to send a spacecraft to watch asteroid deflection experiment New study explains how Ceres got its spots

Strange 'Equal Mass' Binary Asteroid Found Near Earth

Fri 13 Jul 18 from Discover Magazine

Observatories team up to reveal rare double asteroid

New observations by three of the world's largest radio telescopes have revealed that an asteroid discovered last year is actually two objects, each about 3,000 feet (900 meters) in size, orbiting ...

Fri 13 Jul 18 from Phys.org

Observatories Team Up to Reveal Rare Double Asteroid, Fri 13 Jul 18 from SpaceDaily

Observatories Team Up to Reveal Rare Double Asteroid, Thu 12 Jul 18 from Newswise

Rare double asteroid scoots by Earth

Observations from three major world observatories confirm that a very rare binary asteroid came within a cosmic whisker of Earth. On June 21, 2017, the near-Earth asteroid 2017 YE5 (actually ...

Fri 13 Jul 18 from Gizmag

NASA says asteroid that passed by Earth last month was actually twins

Asteroid 2017 YE5 was first spotted on Dec 21, 2017 by the Morocco Oukaimeden Sky Survey, and made its closest approach to Earth last month, on June 21.

Thu 12 Jul 18 from Daily Mail

Earth-buzzing asteroid has NASA scientists seeing double - CNET

It's twice the fun, as a big asteroid turns out to be twins.

Thu 12 Jul 18 from CNET

Rare "equal mass" binary asteroid discovered near Earth

The exceptional duo is one of only four ever detected.

Fri 13 Jul 18 from Astronomy.com

Pair of observatories confirm rare double asteroid

The near-Earth asteroid 2017 YE5 is actually two asteroids. Observations by two powerful telescopes helped astronomers confirm the asteroid's binary nature.

Fri 13 Jul 18 from UPI

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