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Small asteroid that passes extremely close to the earth on Sunday morning



A small asteroid comes extremely close to the earth on Sunday morning. Fortunately, the object is too small to impact.

Asteroid 2018 WV1, named by Northolt Branch Observatories in London, will be the third closest asteroid to pass the Earth's surface at 20,450 miles this year. Discovered at the Catalina Sky Survey on November 29 in Arizona. Daniel Bamberger from the observatories wrote in a Facebook post that the asteroid was unique in his opinion.

"Apart from its very close approach, 2018 WV1 is interesting for various reasons. For one thing, the speed relative to Earth is very low: this makes it very likely that 201

8 WV1 is a lunar ejection, a fragment of the Moon ejected into space when, long ago, a larger asteroid hit the Moon. When WV1 was discovered in 2018, the first orbit in early December had a 2 percent chance of hitting Earth. Fortunately, this possibility was ruled out soon afterwards.

The Northolt Branch Observatories will be watching the orbit as it drives past.

              
          

        


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